International Women’s Day - Equal and Valued

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the success and contribution that women in the British Army make along side their male counterparts.

It has been a great year of firsts for women in the Army; entering front line roles, passing arduous courses, such as P Company, as well as greater representation at the highest ranks.

With all roles in the Army now open to Women, and with transparent and equal pay guaranteed, the British Army provides equal opportunities for all, making it a great place for women to serve.

The theme of the Army Service Women’s conference earlier this week was ‘value’. Work continues to make sure that all employees feel valued both as individuals and as employees. Feeling valued both personally and professionally, leads to better physical and mental health, positive work relationships, better motivation, improved satisfaction and a healthier working environment. It is also recognised that a more representative force will only make the British Army stronger.

We believe that our people tell the story for us. We want to shine the spot light on some women who in their own right have achieved great things. This International Women’s Day, we want to introduce some of our amazing women who are serving as part of the Royal Regiment of Artillery.

Gunner Karriss Artinstall, Age 25

As well as serving as a gunner with 1 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, Karriss is one of the British Army’s Olympic hopefuls. Karriss got into boxing before joining the Army, but the support that Karriss has received since serving has enabled her boxing career to go to the next level.

Karriss said; "Not only has the Army allowed me to chase my dreams, but its remoulded me as a person, it teaches you personal traits that can help you through out life, and not to mention the numerous doors it opens up for you in regards to your career!"

...it teaches you personal traits that can help you throughout life... Gunner Artinstall

Bombardier Hannah Bell

Hannah is serving with 3 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery where she is currently responsibility for running the armoury. Hannah has had a exciting career so far where she has had the opportunity to visit many countries including Dubai, Sweden and Austria.

Hannah Said; “I would not hesitate to recommend the Army to others. It has such a range of different jobs and trades to offer as well as opportunities to travel to different countries, play sports and further your education."

Lance Corporal Ciara Geary, Age 32

As an Army Reserve with the Honourable Artillery Company, Ciara is as part of a Light Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Detachment. This contrasts greatly to Ciara’s day job working for an architectural firm.

Ciara said; "I love the variety of being in the Army Reserves; I work in architecture, which is a job that is primarily desk based, whereas the training we do in the HAC is in complete contrast, getting outside, training, shooting, exercising and forgetting about the stress or melancholy of the work week is great for the mind."

Captain Amy Cooper, Age 29

Working with Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, allows Amy to combine her love of horses with her job role. As part of her role at Kings Troop, Amy has performed numerous high profile public duties including the Queen’s Birthday Parade and the state visit of Donald Trump.

Amy said; "I love the variety of work, travel and sporting opportunities. I have been an Air Defence troop Commander deploying to Canada on Ex Prairie Storm and to Estonia on Op Cabrit. I have also been lucky enough to Show jump in Rome with the Italian Cavalry."

Major Lucy Scott

Based in Brunei, Lucy served alongside the Royal Brunei Armed Forces where she was responsible for the design and delivery of leadership and military planning at their Officer Cadet School. Whilst she was in Brunei she took up jungle trail running, completing three 100km jungle trail ultra marathons. Lucy did not only complete in the races, she finished an outstanding first in one and second in the other two.

We think you will agree that there is something special about all of them and the contribution that they make to the British Army. These are just a few of the very special soldiers and officers serving in the British Army.

People are the Army, not in the Army.