Over the last few years, SAF has been recruiting women into the military and 140 women joined the SAF women team in 2014. This is twice the number of women who have been recruited in the past years. Currently, there are 1500 uniformed women in the SAF, constituting 7% of the total SAF population.
Training for the Women
The SAF women’s program was created by fellow women to address the concerns of having a firearm both off-body and on-body. The women’s program consists ofwomen’s defensive handgun 1 and 2 which targets safety and concealed carry.
At SAFTD, the staff and instructors are committed to offering sound firearms training to equip the females with proper skills needed to protect themselves and their loved ones. Currently, women for the fastest growing field in the firearms sector. This has motivated the SAF Training Division to support ladies in the mission of learning defence mechanisms for security and personal safety.
More Women Involvement Due to Technology
The major challenge to higher recruitment rates for women is the perception that military roles include the frontline combat roles and responsibilities. Well, thanks to technology there has been an introduction of mechanisation and unmanned systems allowing women to actively participate in the SAF. There are now other career options in the SAF that are being advertised. Through advertisements and open fairs, more women are made to understand SAF more and the different vocations present they can all take part in.
No Women-Defined Roles
Women who serve in physically demanding jobs can serve as naval divers, commanders or guards. Nevertheless, there are no roles in the SAF that are defined and set apart for women. Any woman can serve in any position so long as they are in the capacity to.
More women are climbing ranks in the military and it is a good thing as more parties are getting encouraged. SAF insists that they need more women to recruit without a specific target to meet.