The British SAS Is Opening Its Elite Ranks To Women

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A British SAS soldier, part of a small fact-finding observer day trip, rests by a high calibre machine gun mounted on a jeep, near the current front line between the Sierra Leone Army, United Nations soldiers and RUF rebels, who have stepped-up attacks recently, near Newton, a village about 40 kilometers (25 miles) outside Freetown the Sierra Leonean capital Friday, May 12, 2000.

A British SAS soldier, part of a small fact-finding observer day trip, rests by a high calibre machine gun mounted on a jeep, near the current front line between the Sierra Leone Army, United Nations soldiers and RUF rebels, who have stepped-up attacks recently, near Newton, a village about 40 kilometers (25 miles) outside Freetown the Sierra Leonean capital Friday, May 12, 2000.

The British SAS, one of the world's most elite special operations communities, is now open to women, the Ministry of Defence announced Thursday.

  • Britain has slowly been phasing women into more combat-oriented roles since 2016, according to the BBC News. Now, female soldiers can join the Royal Marines and the infantry, which opens the door for them to eventually apply for special forces.
  • In a Twitter post, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said he was "delighted" to announce what he called a "truly defining moment."
  • "Our Armed Forces will now be determined by ability alone and not gender," he tweeted.

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