Sunday 21 January 2018

Cameron to lift ban on women in the frontline

British premier David Cameron Picture: Getty
British premier David Cameron Picture: Getty

Ben Farmer

David Cameron is to remove the ban on women serving in ground combat roles in the British military.

The British Prime Minister will announce that women will be able to serve in infantry and armour units after the service chiefs last month unanimously recommended the move following a detailed study of the issue.

Sources said he is expected to announce the move at the Nato summit in Warsaw this weekend.

A phased relaxation of the ban will see jobs in tank units open to women within a year and infantry jobs opened up later.

The UK government has previously signalled it wants to open up ground combat roles to women, bringing Britain into line with allies such as America, Canada and Australia.

Mr Cameron said last year: "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."

Internal reviews led by Gen Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff, have spent two years looking at whether women are physically strong and tough enough to serve in frontline infantry units, and whether they are more prone to injury. © Daily Telegraph London)

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