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RFMF Targets 100 Women

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) will recruit 100 females who will be drafted in the Territorial Force (TF). Land Force Commander and spokesperson Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said this
05 Mar 2015 10:51
RFMF Targets 100 Women
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The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) will recruit 100 females who will be drafted in the Territorial Force (TF).

Land Force Commander and spokesperson Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said this had come about following a review on the number of females in the military.

“We now see that there is a requirement to recruit 100 more females,” Colonel Qiliho said.

The 100 females in the TF would at times be called in to replace the regulars who were chosen for peacekeeping.

“They will be attached to the Regular Force carrying out all the work until the ones they had replaced return from peacekeeping duties.”

He said sometimes these females were recruited to the Regular Force.

The first female recruitment was held in February 1988, there were a few after that before it was stopped because there were enough females in the Military to sustain its operations.

Colonel Qiliho said there was now a requirement from the United Nations that 10 per cent of troops deployed for peacekeeping missions be made up of females.

“Women are deployed in all areas – Police, Military and civilian – and have made a positive impact on peacekeeping environments, both in supporting the role of women in building peace and protecting women’s rights,” he said.

In all fields of peacekeeping, Colonel Qiliho said women peacekeepers had proven that they could perform the same roles, to the same standards and under the same difficult conditions, as their male counterparts.

“It is an operational imperative that we recruit and retain female peacekeepers.”

The recruits will go through a swimming test, running and other physical routines – the minimum requirement that female recruits would have to go through during recruitment training.

When Colonel Qiliho was asked why there were very few Indo-Fijian females recruited he said only a few had applied.

The tests will start next Thursday.

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