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WOMEN IN THE ARMY

Men and women have an equal part to play in society – and they have an equal part to play in the Army too. As a female soldier, you’ll have a wide range of jobs to choose from. You get exactly the same pay, opportunities for training, travel and promotion as your male colleagues. And if you decide to start a family the Army offers a good maternity package.

Regular Soldier

'Being in the Army gives me stability and good career progression. I’ve been in for eight years, but I’ve taken two years out to have children. I can get the children to school and nursery and then do my job.'

- Sergeant Major Katherine Russell

Female regular soldier

Regular Officer

'The best part of being in the Army, for me, is that no two days are the same. The diverse environments we work in and the variety of situations means we’ve always got to be on our toes - one moment we are working in our offices, the next on exercise and operations.  It means I’ve picked up personal and professional skills that I can eventually put towards a Masters.'

- Captain Gemma MacNeill

Reg officer

Reserve Soldier

'Doing something different to your everyday life is great. It’s meant I’ve had a lot of opportunities to do things I wouldn’t normally, like adventurous training. I’m off skiing in France next year and the Caribbean. My family are very proud.'

- Private Harriet Stewart

Reserve soldier

Reserve Officer

'The best bit of being the Army Reserve is having the opportunity to forge a second career doing exciting things which other people ordinarily wouldn’t have access to.'

- 2nd Lieutenant Rachel Clutterbuck

Reserve Officer

Can women do the same roles as men in the Army?

Women can join the Army in 70 per cent of jobs. However women can't take front line combat roles. This means that Household Cavalry, Royal Armoured Corps and Infantry are only open to men. Women have the same pay, opportunities for travel, promotion and training as men in the Army.

Do women deploy on operations

Yes, everyone who joins the Army is a soldier first, and will be expected to deploy if required.

Do men and women train to the same level?

It is essential that all serving soldiers are trained to the same level. Women are expected to meet the same standards as their male counterparts. However, when it comes to fitness tests, there are slightly different targets to meet.

What if I want to get married or have children?

If you are married, you will be entitled to move into a family quarter. You will usually be offered this before your big day.

If you decide to start a family, you do not need to leave the Army. We offer a good maternity package to help support you when your baby is born.

Where do I sleep?

At an initial training centre you may have your own room or sleep in a dormitory with other girls. After training it is usual for you to have your own room. Women have separate accommodation blocks, where they wash and sleep, but all other aspects of Army life, including eating and training, will be alongside men.

Will I need to change how I look?

When you are in uniform, you may wear a pair of stud earrings, but be prepared to take them out when necessary. Hair needs to be a natural colour, and if it is long enough to tie back, must be in a bun.

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