The Army's top brass has concluded that mixed-sex recruit training is "not efficient" but nevertheless is a policy worth keeping, according to an internal study.
The study, conducted by the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), concedes that mixed-sex boot camp leads to a "disproportionate" number of injuries to women, and that the system also is "not efficient" in producing new soldiers.
But overall, the system of putting male and female recruits in the same squads and companies from the start is working, said a panel of senior officers who produced the review.
The conclusions were presented as a slide show to Army Secretary Thomas E. White. Mr. White, a self-described military traditionalist who is a retired Army brigadier general and decorated Vietnam War combatant, requested the study in December 2001.