ACLU/woman's group sues DoD

Advocates for military women are suing the Department of Defense for information about how the Naval Academy and the other military service academies recruit female students part of a campaign, they say, to expose ongoing gender bias at the elite training grounds for the nation's officer corps.

The Naval Academy "directs no specific recruiting efforts toward women and has failed to admit women in numbers even closely equivalent to those of men," the American Civil Liberties Union and Service Women's Action Network allege in the suit, filed Tuesday morning in federal district court.

The groups argue that the limited numbers of women admitted to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, contribute to discrimination and sexual harassment at the institutions.

The groups filed the lawsuit after receiving what they say was an insufficient response to federal Freedom of Information Act requests in November.

In those requests, they sought detailed records about the recruitment and admission of female students, information about any quotas on female students, and how the academies handle reports of sexual assault and harassment.

 

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