Female Soldiers To Crew UK Tanks In 2017

According to an article from Forces TV, female soldiers will be allowed to join British Army tank crews starting in January 2017.

a_british_royal_scots_dragon_guards_challenger_2_mbt-editFemale soldiers are to be allowed to join British Army tank crews for the first time.

Starting in January 2017, the King’s Royal Hussars, Queen’s Royal Hussars, and the Royal Tank Regiment will permit female recruits to begin tank training, with around 70 interested.

It follows a decision in July to allow women to serve in combat roles.

The rest of the Army is due to follow suit in 2018, according to the Sun.

The Royal Navy and RAF already allow women to be fighter pilots and submariners. The Army, meanwhile, aims to increase the number of female soldiers to 15%, double its current figure, by 2020.

Although all female tank drivers will have to pass through 14-weeks of basic training, critics have still claimed that frontline female soldiers could damage ‘unit cohesion’.

Read the full article here.