Britain’s Royal Air Force opens all roles to women
Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) opened all roles to women on Friday (September 1, 2017), becoming the first branch of the British military to open up all areas of its service to both men and women.
The move to accept applications from women to join the RAF Regiment comes after a decision last year to lift the ban on women serving in close combat roles such as the infantry.
Trainers at RAF Honington said, allowing women to take part was a progressive move which reflected changes within greater society. They said the same standards would be applicable to both men and women to ensure there was no change to the way operations take place. The RAF Regiment, which sustained casualties in Afghanistan, primarily patrols and protects RAF bases.