Women comprise 18 percent of Selected Reserve officer accessions and 19 percent of the Selected Reserve officer corps, as shown in Table 6.3. The proportion of Selected Reserve female officer accessions is lower than in the Active Component (18 and 20 percent, respectively). However, the proportion of women in the Selected Reserve officer corps is larger than in the Active Component (19 and 15 percent, respectively), due to higher retention among female officers in the Reserve Component.
The impact of force structure and mission diversity is reflected in the distribution of women officers among the Reserve Component. The proportion of female officers in the USMCR is 6 percent, while 25 percent each of the USAR and USAFR officers are female. Reasons for this divergence are discussed in the portion of this chapter dealing with the occupational assignment of officers.