Improving Gender Diversity in the U.S. Coast Guard

Kimberly Curry Hall discusses the results of a study designed to help identify the root causes of female attrition in the active-duty Coast Guard.

The mixed-methods study conducted a statistical analysis of Coast Guard personnel data to examine gender differences in retention trends and whether certain career and personnel characteristics could help explain the gender gap in retention. The study also conducted 164 focus groups with 1,010 active-duty Coast Guard women to better understand potential barriers to female retention; 27 focus groups with 127 active-duty men were also conducted to help identify retention factors that resonate with both men and women and those factors that may be unique to women.

Curry Hall also discusses recommendations, based on the study findings, for improving female retention within the Coast Guard.