U.K. to Put Women Troops in Combat Roles by the End of Next Year

  • Women currently allowed into 80 percent of military roles
  • Cameron calls on Ministry of Defence to `finish the job'

Women in the British armed forces will be allowed to fight on the front within a year, as the last official obstacles are lifted.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he ordered the Ministry of Defence to prepare women for ground combat roles. They are already allowed into more than 80 percent of assignments and account for about 10 percent of troops.

“The Defence Secretary and I are united in wanting to see all roles in our
Armed Forces opened up to women in 2016,” Cameron said in an e-mailed statement. “We’ve already lifted a number of barriers in our Armed Forces with the introduction of female submariners and women reaching the highest ranks in all services. We should finish the job next year and open up ground combat roles to women.”

The move puts the U.K. in line with the U.S., which said this month it will open all combat jobs to women.

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