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[英伦广角] 2015-12-26 巾帼不让须眉 英国女兵将受训上前线

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In the 21st century, there are few things British women are stopped from doing, but certain roles   on the front lines have remained off limits. It's not the same every where, even the Kurdish ** have both sexes fighting side by side in Iraq. But within a year, it could all change for women in the UK armed forces. Fitness expert Lucy * Read was in the army for five years and thinks it's about time.
I think women should have the same choice as men, and if it's their choice they want to be on the front line. and if they pass all the test, then they should be allowed to be on the front line. The majority of women do not have as much upper body strength as men, but we are talking about the average that there are some women that can be exceptionally fit, exceptionally strong, and they are trained for it and they are not the average, so they would have the capability and in many cases actually they would be stronger than a lot of men.
A review into the policy will conclude in the middle of the next year. But the prime minister has asked the ministry of defense to get ready to allow women to take on new roles.Some front line jobs have been open to women for the past two decades. For example, as medics,  or in the artillery or in the engineers. But what's been proposed now would leave no role off limits, including close combats.
There are currently 15,500 women in the UK regular forces, that's ten percent of the total number. As it stands, 94% of RAF roles are open to women, 78% in the royal navy marines, and just 71% of army posts. The changes will allow women to take on all jobs in the royal marines. The infantry, the house hold cavalry. and the royal armored corps. But not everyone with a military past is convinced that it's the right thing.
I still have some nervousness about women in the infantry and in the royal marines, while you know they have to actually advance and climb into a trench, fight and kill each other, not because of some women can do that, but I think in general terms, when you look at averages, women only have one third less upper body strength.
In the garrison town of *, home to the military as far back as Roman times, the majority were in favor. I think it's a good idea, cause I think it's stupid women can't do the same things as men. I don't think women should be put on the front line personally, because I think the men will try to look after the women rather than look after themselves. So it put them in jeopardy. Training is likely to start as early as the Autumn, it will be one of the biggest shake ups in British military history, but it seems for most, the time seems right.
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