Women allowed to join SAS for first time – but it must always be the best person for the job regardless of gender

The Defence Secretary has said that women will be able to apply for any role in the military for the first time.

Gavin Williamson announced that women serving in the Army are now able to transfer into infantry roles, including the special forces, such as the SAS.

He said for the first time the “armed forces will be determined by ability alone and not gender”.

The Defence Secretary makes an important point here.

While the door is now quite rightly open for women to join special forces units such as the SAS after the necessary training, any appointments must be made based on the ability of the candidate, not their gender.  There is no room for token appointments, whether male or female, in the armed forces.

It must always be the right person for the job, regardless of their gender.