December 01, 2018

Retaining Future Air Force Women Generals

John A. Tirpak

Women are underrepresented in USAF’s senior ranks. There are ways to change that.


For a month in mid-2015 the Air Force boasted three four-star women among its leaders
—momentarily coming close to matching the share of women in the officer corps as a whole, about 21 percent. 

It’s unlikely that will happen again anytime soon. The percentage of women among the Air Force’s general officers today is just 7.7 percent compared to 26.5 percent of all officers.