The University Record, March 11, 1998

Cantor named to group studying gender relationships in military


From the U-M Washington, D.C., Office

Nancy Cantor, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, has been recommended by Sen. Carl Levin to serve on a 10-member commission that will study relationships between men and women in uniform and gender-integrated training in the U.S. military.

"The issue of gender-integrated training in the military affects every man and woman in uniform in this country, and a thorough, balanced review of this issue is vital to ensure our Armed Forces are doing the best possible job of training our military members to carry out their duties," Levin said in announcing the recommendation last week. "Dr. Cantor's outstanding record as an educator at several of the country's most distinguished universities and her impressive background in social psychology will make her an important asset to this commission."

The 1998 Department of Defense Authorization Act called for the appointment of a 10-member Commission on Military Training and Gender Related Issues to review requirements and restrictions regarding cross-gender relationships of members of the Armed Forces, and to review the basic training programs of all of the branches of the U.S. military. The commission is expected to make recommendations on improvements to the programs, requirements and restrictions.

Of the 10 members of the Commission, five are appointed jointly by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Strom Thurmond and Levin, the senior Democrat on the committee, and five are appointed by the House National Security Committee.