Super qualified army Col. Ellen Haring — West Point graduate, career officer, doctoral student — was excited when she heard she was close to getting her dream job: supervising female soldiers who work with Afghan women in combat zones for special-operations units. But then she got a call from a staff officer saying she wasn't qualified for unspecified reasons — and that the job was going to a lower-ranking male officer. What made him right for the job? Haring suspects it was his combat experience — something she lacks for reasons beyond her control.
As we've reported, the Pentagon opened 14,000 jobs to women earlier this year, including positions such as tank mechanic and artillery crew member. But 150,000 positions remain closed to women, and some aren't satisfied with the small concessions the military has made thus far. That's why Haring and another Army Reserve soldier are suing the military on grounds that such an exclusion of women is unconstitutional.