United Kingdom: Women can now officially join the SAS, all roles in Armed Forces open
New Delhi: British women are now eligible to apply for special forces units including the elite and the toughest Special Air Service (SAS). Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson yesterday announced that all roles in the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, including frontline infantry units, will now be open to female recruits.
Williamson also paid a rich tribute to the women who are already enlisted in the military. âFor the first time the armed forces will be determined by ability alone and not gender,â he said.
The Defence Secretary was speaking during a firepower demonstration on Salisbury Plain. New female recruits will now be able to apply for infantry roles starting from December this year.
In 1696, women were first employed by the Royal Navy as nurses and laundresses on hospital ships, however, by the start of the 19th century, both roles were eliminated.
According to the British government report, during World War II, over 640,000 women served in the armed forces, including the Womenâs Royal Naval Service (WRNS), the Womenâs Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). Many women flew unarmed aircraft, drove ambulances and served as nurses.
The Special Operations Executive (SOE), also known as Churchill's Secret Army recruited around 60 women who were deployed behind enemy lines to help organise a secret army of resistance fighters preparing the way for the Allied invasion.
Women were finally recognized as a permanent part of British Armed forces officially in 1949, but full combat roles were still meant for men alone.NEXT STORY United Kingdom: Women ca n now officially join the SAS, all roles in Armed Forces open Description: British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that all positions in the armed forces will now be open for women including the elite special forces unit Special Air Service (SAS). Loading... Loading... Loading...Source: Google News United Kingdom | Netizen 24 United Kingdom