Our thanks to William for this. An extract:
The plan has been signed off by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nick Carter.
They hope the trial will appeal to female personnel [my emphasis] who consider military life with its rigid hours and lengthy overseas commitments to be entirely incompatible with raising a family. [S0 why did they join up in the first place?]
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said last night: ‘This pilot is part of a modern offer to help Britain’s world-class Armed Forces keep the broadest range of people and give them and their families the broadest service opportunities.’
You don’t have to be a genius to realise that ensuring (a) military effectiveneness and efficiency, and (b) the provision of part-time work for female soldiers, are incompatible objectives – and male unemployment has long been higher than female unemployment. Is there no limit to the harm to state institutions (and employable young men) that will be tolerated in pursuit of the goal of generating part-time work for women? Seemingly not.
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