First Female British Army Officer Bound for Combat
May 2, 2017: An unnamed female soldier will join the Royal Tank Regiment after the Army last year scrapped its ban on women in frontline ground fighting jobs. Army chiefs have refused provide the soldier's name in order to keep her out of the public eye while she completes the next 20-week phase of her training. Theresa May spoke of her pride in this milestone at the academy’s Sovereign’s Parade where she saw 190 cadets graduate after completing their 44 weeks of training. See full article: Theresa May Salutes First Female British Army Officer Bound for Frontline Combat Job (www.telegraph.co.uk)
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Women on the Front Lines
January 10, 2020: The 1990's saw women beginning to fill a wider range of roles in the military, with many countries relaxing their bans on women serving in combat roles. As a result, women are able to fly combat aircraft, serve in artillery units, staff missile emplacements, serve as combat medics, and fill various other roles that involve potential combat exposure.
Living as Myself, at Last
December 26, 2019: In this New York Times piece, Alexandria Holder, a transgender technical sergeant in the United States Air Force, tells of the years she feared pursuing her true identity as female during the time that transgender people were banned in the military.
Ewa Skoog Haslum becomes new Marine Chief of Swedish Defense Force
December 17, 2019: The Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish Defense Force, Fleet Admiral Ewa Skoog Haslum has been appointed new Marine Chief. She will be leaving her position as Vice-Principal at the Swedish Defense College on 1 February 2020.