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UK's Cameron wants women in army combat roles next year

Published:Monday | December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM
British Prime Minister David Cameron


British Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants front-line combat roles opened up to female soldiers by the end of 2016.

Cameron disclosed yesterday that he and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon "are united in wanting to see all roles in our armed forces opened up to women in 2016," including "ground-combat roles".

British women can serve as fighter pilots, sailors and submariners, but not in infantry or armoured corps units, whose primary role is close-quarters combat.

Last year, the government approved having women in combat, subject to a review of the physical demands to ensure female soldiers won't suffer long-term detrimental effects to their health. The review is to publish its report in mid-2016.

Countries including the US, Canada, Australia and Israel already allow women in combat roles.