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Taiwan's defense ministry wants more women in navy

Staff Writer | October 2, 2017
The navy intends to design a series of locally made submarines and refit Cheng Kung-class frigates with facilities to accommodate female sailors, the Ministry of National Defense said.
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Defense   The military has not integrated enough women
The report was compiled in response to a resolution issued by the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign and National Defense Committee after reviewing the ministry’s budget proposal for this year.

The resolution said the military has not integrated enough women into combat roles and asked the ministry to prepare a report to review the issue and propose a solution.

The ministry is to submit the report to the committee soon, ministry sources said.

Although the military does not discriminate against women, safety considerations and technical limitations of the equipment used might impede the integration of women in combat roles, the report said.

The nation’s submarines lack separate living quarters and facilities for women, and could not accommodate female sailors who are otherwise qualified to serve, it added.

The navy’s existing submarines cannot be retrofitted, but the nation’s proposed domestic submarine program will incorporate living quarters and facilities for women, it said.

The additions to the design requirements are pursuant to the recommendations made by the military’s commission on gender equality after its inspection of the 256th Submarine Squadron in May last year, the report said.