Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Banned from battle

rexfeatures_592131y.jpg

Do you think women soldiers should be kept out of harm’s way on the front line? Share your view with Stylist.co.uk

The government has banned female soldiers from close-combat fighting in the UK forces. Despite the Ministry of Defence review stating that women were capable “physically and psychologically” of doing the job, the conclusion was that mixing up male and female soldiers could have “grave consequences”. In the event of injury, male soldiers might jump to the female comrades' defence.

The Ministry of Defence also felt that only a few women soldiers had the physical strength required to clear battlefield obstacles and carry the heavy loads infantry men are required to now carry in battle.

There are more women in the forces than at any time since the end of World War II, with over 18,000 serving in the combined services. Even though around 70 per cent of all posts in the Army are open to women, female soldiers will not be allowed to be a part of infantry battalions, Commando units, tank regiments and other armoured units.

What do you think? Add your comments below.

Photo credit: Rex Features

Comments

More

This is how Bake Off will change when it moves to Channel 4

From the horse (aka Paul Hollywood)’s mouth itself…

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Are you the youngest in your family? We have good news for you…

Experts have revealed the surprising trait that all little brothers and sisters share

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Meet the all-female anti-poaching team saving rhinos in South Africa

Jessica Chastain is set to produce a film about their story.

by Moya Crockett
08 Dec 2016

New-look Baywatch is all about chests, not breasts

But is it really any better... ?

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Cheers! You can now grow your own Prosecco at home

This could be dangerous...

by Moya Crockett
08 Dec 2016

Is Kim Cattrall already filming a Samantha SATC spin-off?

“Channelling Ms Samantha Jones once again…”

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Watch the risqué new trailer for Fifty Shades Darker

Christian Grey is back...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
07 Dec 2016

New social platform wants to make sure nobody’s lonely this Christmas

“It’s like Tinder, but for Christmas”

by Amy Lewis
07 Dec 2016

How to buy bubbles: 8 incredible Champagnes under £30

Fantastic fizz

by Amy Swales
07 Dec 2016

Holiday hack gets you 18 days off work in a row, using just 9 days

And for our next trick we’ll turn 9 days of annual leave into 18…

by Kayleigh Dray
07 Dec 2016