Female First for Sandhurst

A trio of Servicewomen became the first female officer cadets from their respective countries to pass out from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). Chuki Wangmo from Bhutan, Firushana Thaufeeq from Maldives and Midya Masti from the Peshmerga Force of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq walked up the iconic steps of Old College at the end… Read More

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Who is Hikaru Saeki?

Introduction Hikaru Saeki (佐伯 光, Saeki Hikaru, 03 April 1943 to Present) is the first female admiral of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the first female in the entire Japan Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) to achieve star rank. Originally an obstetrician-gynaecologist with the degree of M.D., Saeki joined the JMSDF in 1989. After her… Read More

What are the Enablers & Barriers to Workplace Breastfeeding in the Armed Forces?

Research Paper Title Enablers and barriers to workplace breastfeeding in the Armed Forces: a systematic review. Background The UK has no legislation protecting employees’ access to breastfeeding facilities. Without specific breastfeeding policy, provisions to access workplace facilities can be inconsistent and negatively impact employees’ breastfeeding duration, retention and morale, particularly servicewomen who work in varied… Read More

First UK Female to Lead at Two-Star Level

Introduction A senior Servicewoman has made Army history by becoming the first female to lead at two-star level (OF-7). Background Major General Sharon Nesmith has taken over as general officer commanding the Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command (ARITC) replacing Major General Chris Bell. The role will see her manage a workforce of some 6,000… Read More

Do Active Duty Navy Women Require Aid to Return to Pre-Pregnancy Fitness?

Research Paper Title Postpartum Fitness and Body Mass Index Changes in Active Duty Navy Women. Background Active duty Navy women participate in biannual Physical Fitness Assessments (PFAs), which include height and weight measurements and a Physical Readiness Test (PRT). PFAs are waived during pregnancy and resume the cycle after 6 months following maternity leave. The… Read More

What is the Risk of Musculoskeletal Injury in Infantry Training for Women?

Research Paper Title Understanding the musculoskeletal injury risk of women in combat: the effect of infantry training and sex on musculoskeletal injury incidence during British Army basic training. Background Until recently, women were excluded from British combat roles. Their risk for musculoskeletal injury during basic training is two to three times higher than men. To… Read More

What is the Risk of Musculoskeletal Injury for Women in Infantry Training?

Research Paper Title Understanding the musculoskeletal injury risk of women in combat: the effect of infantry training and sex on musculoskeletal injury incidence during British Army basic training. Background Until recently, women were excluded from British combat roles. Their risk for musculoskeletal injury during basic training is two to three times higher than men. To… Read More