Zim women urged to join commando training

2011-08-30 07:45

Female soldiers in Zimbabwe have been challenged to volunteer for the elite, male-dominated commando training as the army seeks to have equal career opportunities for all.

In an interview recently, Colonel General Staff at Army headquarters, Steven Gwekwerere, said the Zimbabwe National Army did not discriminate against gender, Zimbabwe’s Herald Online reported today.

“Commando training by its nature is tough and those who join it do so voluntarily, many at times women are leaving this to males alone. The army wishes to see women also making it where their male counterparts are.

“This training is the toughest that a soldier can undergo because it is the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance designed to separate men from boys.

“The diversity of the curriculum seeks to create commandos who are not only able to keep abreast of complex military concepts and practices, but can easily adjust to the changing global environment,” he said.

Gwekwerere said that the injection of new blood into the commando family would ensure that there was continuity in the defence of Zimbabwe. 

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