Indian Army To Allow Women In Combat Roles: Other Countries That Have Broken Gender Barrier

By Monami Gogoi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi

WWR Article (tl;dr) Women in India will soon be allowed serve on the front lines in the military. Women are currently allowed in a number of select areas including medical, legal and educational wings but combat roles have been kept off limits.

Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Indian Army will soon allow women in combat, breaking yet another gender barrier.

Army chief Bipin Rawat said on Sunday the process to offer combat roles to women was moving fast.

When it comes through, India will be one of the few countries allowing women to take up the risky job. Here is a list of countries that allow women on the front line:

Canada: Since 1989 all military occupations have been open to women. The submarine service was a little late in opening up, but it did in 2000.

Representation of women in the Canadian armed forces has grown from 11.4% in 2001 to 15.1% as of February 2017 .

The US: Women in the US military are playing a more active role in direct combat women since 2002, as a result of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Guardian reported that in January 2013 the US military officially lifted a ban on female soldiers serving in combat roles and said anyone qualified should get a chance to fight on the front lines of war regardless of their sex.

Australia: From January 1, 2013, the country opened all employment categories in Australian defence force to women who were serving in the ADF.

The Australian department of defence said women serving members of the ADF were entitled to apply for a career in a combat role, provided they met the requirements.

The UK: In July 2016, Prime Minister David Cameron lifted a ban on women serving in close combat units in the British military, the BBC reported.

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