Women now able to apply to any UK military role
All roles in the military are now open to women after changes were introduced to create opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds and making the most of their talents.
The Ministry of Defence believes that by making all branches and trades of the military open to everyone, regardless of their gender, the armed forces will build on its reputation of being a leading equal opportunities employer.
Those not currently serving will be able to apply for infantry roles from December 2018, with new recruits starting basic training in April 2019.
Women can now also apply to join the Royal Marines, with selection starting before the end of 2018 and training courses beginning at Royal Marines Commando training centre in Lympstone early 2019.
Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said the changes marked a defining moment in the history of the armed forces.
“Women have led the way with exemplary service in the armed forces for over 100 years, working in a variety of specialist and vital role,” he commented.
“So I am delighted that for the first time in its history, our armed forces will be determined by ability alone and not gender.”
Mr Williamson added that opening all combat roles to women will make the armed forces a more modern employer and ensure the UK recruits the right person for the right role.