Target for Recruitment of Women to UK Defence Forces is 15 percent by 2020
The UK Defence Review+ published on 24th November 2015 cites an intention to recruit at least 15 percent women to the UK Armed Forces by 2020. It states that the review of women in combat has concluded that in principle, there is no reason why women should not be able to undertake the full range of combat roles. A study is currently being conducted as to the physiological impacts of these roles. A final decision on allowing women into full combat roles will be made in 2016. Also in the report, reference is made to Women Peace and Security as a key theme running through the UK’s development work: ‘The full attainment of political, social and economic rights for women is one of the greatest prizes of the twenty-first century, and central to greater peace and stability overseas’ For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/478933/52309_Cm_9161_NSS_SD_Review_web_only.pdf and the presentation at RUSI (Royal United Services Institute): https://rusi.org/event/reviewing-review-understanding-implications-sdsr-2015 +National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015
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