Cameron wants women training to fight on front line
LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he wanted to see female British soldiers training to fight on the front line in 2016.
According to the Sunday Telegraph newspaper Cameron asked the Ministry of Defence to be ready to post women in ground close-combat roles by the end of next year, after Washington announced this month its military would open all positions – including frontline combat roles – to women. “The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and I are united in wanting to see all roles in our armed forces opened up to women in 2016,” he said.
“We’ve already lifted a number of barriers in our armed forces with the introduction of female submariners and women reaching the highest ranks in all services. “We should finish the job next year and open up ground combat roles to women,” he said.
Female troops make up around 10 percent of Britain’s armed forces. Women were currently banned from ground combat units, where the primary role was to close with and kill the enemy. “A review found no compelling evidence to prove women impair effectiveness in close combat situations,” Fallon said.