Female soldiers are to be allowed to join tank crews for the first time.
In January 2017, the King’s Royal Hussars, Queen’s Royal Hussars, and the Royal Tank Regiment will allow female recruits to begin training. This news follows a decision to allow women to serve in combat roles.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon denied that training regimes would be made less tough:
“It’s not weakening at all. I think we can improve the way we conduct physical training. We have got to make sure that the physical training and the tests involved don’t discriminate against women, but equally don’t damage the operational effectiveness of any unit.
We need to make sure that the training is properly adapted to the different physiology of women and we do as much as possible to protect their long-term health and safety.
“I have always wanted roles in our Armed Forces to be determined by ability, not gender. Women have already given exemplary service in recent conflicts, working in a variety of highly specialised and vital roles.
By opening all combat roles to women, we will continue to build on these successes and improve the operational capability of our military.”
More was written in an earlier article, analysing the roles played by women in combat.