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Friday, January 25, 2013

Only 14 countries allow to enter combat female soldiers of the Armed Forces

United States has become the fourteenth country to allow women into combat after the Pentagon has lifted the ban on Thursday . "As secretary of defense, is to open more opportunities for our men and women in uniform best qualified will strengthen our ability to fight and win wars," said the defense minister, Leon Panetta. The White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said the president of the United States supports the Pentagon's decision, noting that Barack Obama is convinced that the country must continue to work to eliminate " unnecessary barriers based on gender to serve " the nation. Of the 1.4 million active duty members of the U.S. military today, 205,000 are women. so far, Germany, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Israel, New Zealand, Poland, Romania and Sweden are the countries that authorize the military to fight, according to the American Institute of Strategic Studies and the Ministry of Defence. In 1985, Norway was the first country in NATO to allow their women to participate in all missions, including submarine services. In the mid-nineties, Israel approved the military could be at the forefront, but its army has women since its establishment as a state in 1948 . Currently, 3% of Israeli combat soldiers are women.

In Spain no different missions

In Spain, women can enroll in rapid response units as the Legion and the Parachute Brigade and participate in the same combat missions than men. Featured also abroad, in 2007 the first Spanish soldier died in Afghanistan, Idoia Rodríguez Buján , by the explosion of a mine. The victim, a native of Lugo, belonged to the Airborne Light Brigade (BRILAT), based in the town of Pontevedra Figueirido. As explained then this unit on their website, were at that time " over 300 women who perform their work in the unit, including officers and troops . " In addition, information clarified that "missions are no different, in any way, to the tasks performed by men. They have access to all tactical positions, performing logistical, administrative and tactics."

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