Army will not change its policy on allowing women to go into combat

First published in News

WOMEN will continue to be barred from joining the Paras despite speculation the Army was set to change its policy.

National reports suggested the Ministry of Defence was set to enlist women into the infantry unit for the first time since the Second World War.

But the Army has moved quickly to quash the rumours.

An Army spokesman said: “Although women cannot join the Parachute Regiment, they can qualify as parachute trained soldiers in other roles.

“To do this, they must first complete the extremely tough P Company course, and they are given exactly the same level of support and assessment as their male colleagues.”

It is understood no women have ever completed the gruelling three-week course.

It remains Army protocol that women are not eligible to join units which have a primary duty to engage the enemy.

Parachute-trained female soldiers can serve in 16 Air Assault Brigade, based at Colchester Garrison, in roles within supporting units such as the Royal Artillery, Royal Logistic Corps or Royal Signals.

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8:41am Thu 13 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

A bit chauvinistic don't you think?
A bit chauvinistic don't you think? stevedawson
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12:04pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Women should not be in the front line of battle, ever. This PC crap really is just that. Do we really need to discuss why?
Women should not be in the front line of battle, ever. This PC crap really is just that. Do we really need to discuss why? Jess Jephcott
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12:59pm Thu 13 Mar 14

catflap1 says...

Yes, Jess I think we do, please enlighten us mortals on you misogynistic views.

Is it because they are all delicate flowers, who should be tied to the sink with a chain long enough to reach the bedroom or because the have periods ?

time to wake up and smell the Oestrogen
Yes, Jess I think we do, please enlighten us mortals on you misogynistic views. Is it because they are all delicate flowers, who should be tied to the sink with a chain long enough to reach the bedroom or because the have periods ? time to wake up and smell the Oestrogen catflap1
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4:57pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Just read the bible catflap.
Just read the bible catflap. Jess Jephcott
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5:15pm Thu 13 Mar 14

wearebeingwatched says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Just read the bible catflap.
There are better novels out there
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Just read the bible catflap.[/p][/quote]There are better novels out there wearebeingwatched
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7:30pm Thu 13 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

A bit of a mixed up individual mentally speaking!
A bit of a mixed up individual mentally speaking! stevedawson
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10:50pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Boris says...

stevedawson wrote:
A bit of a mixed up individual mentally speaking!
Do you mean Jess? If so, you are right.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: A bit of a mixed up individual mentally speaking![/p][/quote]Do you mean Jess? If so, you are right. Boris
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12:32pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

I was brought up in a world where men and boys were taught to protect the female of the species - whether they wanted protection of not. You dingbats clearly have no respect for women. A sign of the times sadly. This generation must deal with what we now have, a society that has no respect for others. The army is totally right. Women need to be protected from front line activity. They will never match a man in a combat situation.
I was brought up in a world where men and boys were taught to protect the female of the species - whether they wanted protection of not. You dingbats clearly have no respect for women. A sign of the times sadly. This generation must deal with what we now have, a society that has no respect for others. The army is totally right. Women need to be protected from front line activity. They will never match a man in a combat situation. Jess Jephcott
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3:23pm Fri 14 Mar 14

catflap1 says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
I was brought up in a world where men and boys were taught to protect the female of the species - whether they wanted protection of not. You dingbats clearly have no respect for women. A sign of the times sadly. This generation must deal with what we now have, a society that has no respect for others. The army is totally right. Women need to be protected from front line activity. They will never match a man in a combat situation.
I cant see how an ancient book of fairy stories has any relevance to this

The current generation owes its problem(s) to your generation and the way you've brought them up mainly the attitude that you show towards the fluffy little love bunnies that you must protect and to the mad cow of the tory party.

yes Jess, I am a Socialist, an Atheist and I'm Gay but I'm not an immigrant guess I'm not quite your worst daily(hate)Mail nightmare.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: I was brought up in a world where men and boys were taught to protect the female of the species - whether they wanted protection of not. You dingbats clearly have no respect for women. A sign of the times sadly. This generation must deal with what we now have, a society that has no respect for others. The army is totally right. Women need to be protected from front line activity. They will never match a man in a combat situation.[/p][/quote]I cant see how an ancient book of fairy stories has any relevance to this The current generation owes its problem(s) to your generation and the way you've brought them up mainly the attitude that you show towards the fluffy little love bunnies that you must protect and to the mad cow of the tory party. yes Jess, I am a Socialist, an Atheist and I'm Gay but I'm not an immigrant guess I'm not quite your worst daily(hate)Mail nightmare. catflap1
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6:35pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

No surprise there catflap except that you aren't an immigrant.
No surprise there catflap except that you aren't an immigrant. Jess Jephcott
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2:37pm Sun 16 Mar 14

wormshero says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
I was brought up in a world where men and boys were taught to protect the female of the species - whether they wanted protection of not. You dingbats clearly have no respect for women. A sign of the times sadly. This generation must deal with what we now have, a society that has no respect for others. The army is totally right. Women need to be protected from front line activity. They will never match a man in a combat situation.
I'm genuinely confused how giving women free will is somehow a sign of having no respect for women. There are plenty of women who would do as good a job as men in combat. It's pretty shoddy that while we as society have made progression in a lot of places there's still people who think that stopping women from having free will is somehow showing respect.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: I was brought up in a world where men and boys were taught to protect the female of the species - whether they wanted protection of not. You dingbats clearly have no respect for women. A sign of the times sadly. This generation must deal with what we now have, a society that has no respect for others. The army is totally right. Women need to be protected from front line activity. They will never match a man in a combat situation.[/p][/quote]I'm genuinely confused how giving women free will is somehow a sign of having no respect for women. There are plenty of women who would do as good a job as men in combat. It's pretty shoddy that while we as society have made progression in a lot of places there's still people who think that stopping women from having free will is somehow showing respect. wormshero
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