‘No need for women to rush to enlist,’ Ukraine’s commander-in-chief says after draft rules are updated to focus more on women

23 December 2021, 02:47 PM

Ukraine’s military plans to draft in more female recruits, but there’s no need for women to rush to the military enlistment offices right away, according to Ukrainian Army Commander Lieutenant General Valeriy Zaluzhny.

Zaluzhny said the time had come for a recent law that updates the list of female professions eligible for military draft, which would allow more women to join the armed forces, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported him as saying on Dec. 23.

“It was necessary to create such a document that would allow us, the military, to involve women who may possibly serve to defend our state,” Zaluzhny said.

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“That’s why this decree, which includes a little more than 100 professions, was born,” he said.

“But there’s no need to rush to the military enlistment offices right away,” he added.

Zaluzhny said he fully supported gender equality in the armed forces. 

Previously, on Dec. 17, a new law came into force expanding the list of professions eligible for the draft, this time, focusing on women. The updated list includes roles such as programmer, doctor, lawyer, journalist, and many others.

Women aged 18 to 60 working in the listed professions who are fit for military service will now be obliged to register for the draft at military recruitment sites across the country.

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