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Women In The Military
I've often wondered about this and did a little digging.

Women are only admitted in the Turkish armed forces as officers, not as NCOs or enlisted personnel, and are recruited on a purely volunteer basis, serving in branches such as ordnance, signals, transportation, quartermaster, finance/budgeting, personnel, air traffic control, and intelligence, but they also work in combat roles such as artillery, aviation and engineering.
In fact, women officers serve in all branches except armour, infantry, and submarines. Twenty-one women are currently undertaking pilot training to be jet fighter or helicopter pilots. Assignments, promotions and training are considered on an equal basis with no gender bias.

In 2002 (last figures available), the number of female officers employed in the Turkish Armed Forces was 918, 533 in the Army, 192 in the Navy, 160 in the Air Force and 33 in the Gendarmerie.

The Turkish Ministry of Defence is continuing their work on emphasising changes and advancements for the benefit of women in respect to policies concerning military uniforms, hair cuts, make up, duty for women and maternity leave entitlements. The developments regarding women officers are dependent upon the national military requirements and there has been in creasingly more space allocated to them. The proposal for a law on contracted-commissioned and non-commissioned officers, which also permits women to serve as NCOs, is still under consideration by the Turkish Great National Assembly.

Several indicators point to the conclusion that conditions are improving for female officers in the Turkish military. Enrolment of female cadets in the military academies is increasing, and qualified women are filling more and more positions. It is expected that the female officers in the Turkish Armed Forces will be assigned to more effective and functional posts in the future.

Things may already have changed for women as I could only find information that is about 6 years old, so some of you may know different.

Probably the most famous woman soldier was Kara Fatma, whose monument has been erected in the city of Erzurum (Eastern Turkey) because of her gallant bravery during the Ottoman-Russian War. You can read about her here.


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