Ban on women soldiers fighting on the front lines to be lifted
The long-standing ban on women soldiers taking part in frontline combat is to be rescinded, David Cameron has announced.
The Prime Minister said that he had accepted a recommendation by the head of the Army, General Sir Nick Carter, that women should in future be able to serve in ground close combat (GCC) roles.
Arriving in Warsaw for a Nato summit, Mr Cameron added: "I agree with his advice and have accepted his recommendation.
"I have asked that this is implemented as soon as possible. It is vital that our armed forces are world-class and reflect the society we live in. This is a major step.
"It will ensure the armed forces can make the most of all their talent and increase opportunities for women to serve in the full range of roles."
The Ministry of Defence said that it would adopt a phased approach, starting with the Royal Armoured Corps because it carries a smaller likelihood of suffering injury than other GCC roles.