The exact number of women serving in the U.S. armed force in the Persian Gulf is not available because of constant deployments and reassignments. A Pentagon spokesman said yesterday that women make up about 6 percent of U.S. troops there.
Here is a breakdown by military branch of the number of women in the Gulf:
Navy: About 1,400 active-duty and reservists.
Marines: Not available.
pTC Air Force: 2,081 (as of Jan. 15).
Army: About 6 percent of some 485,000 troops.
Coast Guard: 13.
Army and Air Force National Guard: About 5,153.
Sources: U.S. Armed Forces public affairs offices.