Canadian Armed Forces Pushes for More Women
January 6, 2018: The number of women in the Canadian Armed Forces has been slowly increasing over the years, but there’s a continued push for more representation.
Currently, 15 per cent of members are women. The goal is 25 per cent by 2025.
In early December, a group of about a dozen women from Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg spent two days at the Edmonton Garrison learning about what it would be like to join the military. They rode in an armoured vehicle, experienced the simulated gun range and toured the medical and dental facilities.
The invitees were “influencers” in their own careers, such as teachers, guidance counsellors or bloggers. The goal was meant for the women to learn to speak confidently about what the force has to offer.
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