Katie Couric's Notebook: Women's uniforms

A quarter-million American women have proudly worn the uniform during our two long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So, you would think the military would have given them uniforms that fit.

For the first time, about 700 female soldiers are testing combat uniforms designed for women - not men. It's an issue, not about style, but safety. Women have complained about clothes that are too big or too small - knee pads that cover the shin - even body armor that doesn't account for their contours. That means they have to wear it more loosely possibly making it less effective.

Female soldiers we spoke with talked about the fear they felt going into dangerous situations knowing they were at greater risk than the men beside them.

You would never confuse a military jet with a commercial plane. A soldier's weapon is no hunting rifle. So, her uniform and body armor shouldn't be like a T-shirt. One size does not fit all.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.


Follow Us

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Watch Now

On Twitter

New Android App

For your Android phone and tablet, download the FREE redesigned app, featuring CBSN, live 24/7 news.

The all new
CBS News App for Android® for iPad® for iPhone®
Fully redesigned. Featuring CBSN, 24/7 live news. Get the App