The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced that from September this year, all roles in the RAF will be open to women.
The landmark movement follows a decision made last year to allow women to serve in close combat roles in the military.
Thee RAF Regiment is the Air Force’s ground fighting force, protecting RAF bases, aircraft and equipment at home and abroad.
Sir Michael Fallon said in his announcement:
“A diverse force is a more operationally effective force. So I’m delighted that the RAF Regiment will be open to recruitment to women from September.
“Individuals who are capable of meeting the standards for the regiment will be given the opportunity to serve, regardless of their gender.
“This is a defining moment for the RAF, as it becomes the first service to have every trade and branch open to both genders.”
The RAF Regiment, which is now available for women to join, had previously announced that it would be opening its recruitment to females by the end of 2018, corresponding with the Infantry and Royal Marines
However, a review of work practices revealed that the Regiment was in fact more similar to the Royal Armoured Corps, who are already admitting women, in terms of risk.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said:
“The RAF is committed to providing equal opportunity to all, so it’s fantastic to be able to open recruitment to the RAF Regiment to women ahead of schedule.”
“We want the best and most talented individuals to join the Air Force, regardless of their gender, race, or background.”
“A diverse force is a more effective force, and we need the best people to deliver the important work we do, be it defeating Daesh in Iraq and Syria, or protecting Britain’s skies.”