Women in combat
MOD periodic review of the policy on the exclusion of women from ground close-combat roles.
The Ministry of Defence carried out a periodic review of the policy on the exclusion of women from ground close-combat roles. This was done because the UK is bound by EC (European Commission) law to reassess periodically, but at least every 8 years, occupations from which women are excluded to decide whether there is justification in maintaining the exclusion.
As the results of the last review of this policy were published in 2002, it was decided that it was appropriate and timely to review the policy in 2009 to 2010.