COLOMBIA: Women on Their Way up in Colombian Army

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Colombia Reports
South America
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Women are starting to find their place in the Colombian army. On Wednesday, 62 female cadets finish their three-month training at Bogotá's Military School, and they are aiming for more.

The 62 hope to climb their way up to army General, which would make them the first women to do so in Colombia.

The number of women in the army has increased significantly since the early eighties. The army's official website reports that while less than 25 women were to be found among its ranks in 1992, that number now nears 4.000.

In total, 283 have already found their way up to officer status.
In recent years, the army has increased the amount of fields a woman can choose, from engineering to accounting and psychology. Apart from these possibilities, women are also trained to be ready for combat action.