Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik signed a draft bill on 29 September to allow more women to enter conscript service on a voluntary basis and to permit them to serve in all parts of the armed forces, the ministry of defence has announced.
Conscription in Estonia is compulsory only for men. Some women, however, elect for military service, after high school, as conscripts on a voluntary basis.
“The goal is to expand the possibilities for women to be involved in the defence forces and to enable them to complete their military service in the same units and occupations as men,” Luik said.
KUBINKA /Moscow region/, August 12. /TASS/. Women will be admitted to the Krasnodar aviation school for pilot training this year for the first time in Russia’s modern history, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told reporters on Saturday.
“There are quite a few girls who would like to become military pilots. We’ve received hundreds of letters, hence the decision to enroll the first group of girls in the Krasnodar military aviation school this year”, the minister said.
“They will be few in number, 15 all in all. However, considering the number of applications received by the Russian Aerospace Forces we cannot ignore these requests, so on October 1, the first group of girls will start training to become military pilots”, he added.
Shoigu who visited the celebrations to mark Aerospace Forces Day earlier in the day expressed the hope that the school’s female graduates will make such holidays more spectacular thanks to their skills five years later.
In 2009, the Krasnodar aviation school enrolled female cadets but not for pilot training.