Yangon, June (28)

The military regime, which has deployed troops on the front lines across the country, has been inviting women soldiers of other ranks to serve in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

There were recruitments of non-officer female troops prior to the military takeover, but the appointments were made just months apart following the coup.

Since the coup, the junta army has recruited female troops four times, including two in the first half of this year.

CDM Capt. Kaung Thu Win told Than Lwin Times that because the junta army has a limited number of male troops, they have been recruiting female new soldiers, sergeant clerks, and cadets since before the seizure of power three years ago.

The applicants for female soldiers must be single, under 25 years of age, and have completed 8th grade, as reported in the junta mouthpiece propaganda newspaper on June 28.

Female soldiers attend four months of training, and those who meet the requirements will be allowed to serve in any armed forces or service unit of their choice.

“I heard that the military council is making emergency preparations for the Kyaw Swar Cement Factory to produce ammonium nitrate used in explosions. So these female soldiers can be recruited to serve there,” a source close to the military said.

The majority of female troops were formerly assigned to the medical corps by the military council, but subsequently, female military pilots were assigned the tasks, and they have not yet been sent to the frontlines.

According to the information released by the army in 2021, there are more than 3,000 female military officers and other ranks in the army.

Observers say that more female soldiers were seen than male soldiers at the Armed Forces Day held on March 27.

According to international surveys, the junta army had more than 400,000 soldiers before the coup, but only over 200,000 remained after the coup.

News-Than Lwin Times


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