Saturday, November 23, 2013

‘Pretty woman’ colonels decide to take careers in a new direction

“Two colonels involved in a controversy over showing ‘pretty’ female soldiers in Army communications no longer have their jobs, the Army confirmed Nov. 22.

“Col. Lynette Arnhart stepped down from her position heading the Army’s study on the integration of women into combat arms, and Col. Christian Kubik, who was the Training and Doctrine Command public affairs officer, was suspended.

“The staffing changes come after both colonels became embroiled in a controversy over an email Arnhart sent to Kubik saying that ‘pretty women are perceived as having used their looks to get ahead’ and ‘ugly women are perceived as competent.’

“’In order to protect the integrity of the ongoing work on gender integration in the Army, Col. Lynette Arnhart agreed to step down as the gender integration study director,’ Army spokesman George Wright said in a statement to Army Times on Nov. 22. ‘Gen. [Robert] Cone, Commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, accepted this change in study leadership. Concurrently, TRADOC suspended Kubik from his position as the Public Affairs Officer pending the outcome of an investigation.’”


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