Women in Combat Roles
A number of the papers speculate this morning that women could be serving on the front line by 2016, following a review carried out by the Chief of the Defence Staff over the last six months. The Telegraph says that the review has removed concerns that the change would disrupt the effectiveness or morale of combat units. The Daily Mail carries quotes from Labour MP John Woodcock of the Defence Select Committee, he broadly welcomes the findings saying they are “challenging but [a] hugely welcome step forward.” He says, “keeping our country safe is too important to exclude anyone that can play a role.”
There is further coverage on ITV News, BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Breakfast and Sky.
These all included interviews with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, who said that he wanted to bring the UK in line with other Armed Forces who have made this change, but that we must be sure the women would not suffer any long term physiological damage.
A Night Of Heroes – The Sun Military Awards
The very best of our armed forces were recognised once again at the seventh annual Sun Military Awards (The Millies). Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were guests of honour at the event, held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, on Wednesday 10 December. This year, four special awards were given to recognise the achievements of those who served during combat operations Afghanistan. You can catch up on the programme here.