BE THE BEST
We want to celebrate and thank every single woman who has served in the British Army, including the thousands serving today.
SOME OF THE WOMEN HELPING US BE THE BEST
Lance Corporal AbiLance Corporal Abi joined the Army straight from school at 16. She loved the idea of doing something different, proving people wrong, travelling and sport. She has applied her training to provide mapping support in Afghanistan.
Corporal EllieCorporal Ellie has served in a range of regiments in her Combat Human Resources role. She currently competes in British Army Warrior Fitness and is preparing for the next season. This year she will be travelling to Malaysia for 3 months accompanying an Infantry exercise.
Lieutenant JenniLieutenant Jenni commissioned from Sandhurst and in August 2016 completed her first Ironman. She went on to join Expedition Ice Maiden - six British Women who became the first all-female team to use muscle power alone to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica.
Lieutenant LouiseLieutenant Louise trained at Sandhurst and commissioned as an Officer in the Royal Logistic Corps. She deployed to the Caribbean for a 6 month relief mission and assisted in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Lieutenant MaddieLieutenant Maddie trained at Sandhurst as a Regular Officer, and she began pilot training in 2015, earning her wings. She's trained to fly military helicopters.
Lance Corporal NicolaLance Corporal Nicola joined the Army in 2014, after leaving school. She trained to be a technician for military vehicles, fixing and maintaining Bowman radios, generators and vehicle electrics.
Bombadier SuzieBombadier Suzie joined the Army in 2012 before a 6 month tour in Afghanistan. She's since captained the Gunner hockey team at tournaments around the world. Back in the UK she trains recruits in military skills.
Lance Corporal VictoriaLance Corporal Victoria joined the Army in 2013 and trained to be the first female Armoured Engineer. She drives two different types of armoured vehicles, spends time with the Army Youth Outreach Team and is an accomplished horse rider.
Making your voice heard
"Being in the Army gives me great career opportunities. Pay scales are transparent so I know I'm being paid the same as my male colleagues."
The British Army is at the forefront of equal pay, with men and women on the same payscale. It's not just in the pay packet that women are equal. They are also treated with the same respect as their male colleagues.
WOMEN IN THE ARMY
The Army is recognised as being a good employer for women, having been awarded a place in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017,
Are men and women treated equally?
Pay and promotion
Men and women are on the same pay scale and are paid according to rank. The Army promotes people based on their performance, capability and potential. Every soldier receives an annual report and the best people are selected for promotion.
Men and women get the same high standard of training. All role related fitness standards are the same, and unrelated to gender. This makes sure that everyone is fit enough to do the job.
Jobs you can do
Nearly all jobs in the Army are open to everyone, and following a review, women can now apply to join the Royal Armoured Corps, and will soon be able to serve in the Infantry too. Everyone who serves will be expected to go on operations if needed.