Military Capabilities

Estonia to open all military posts to women

02 October 2017

Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik signed a draft bill on 29 September to allow more women to enter conscript service on a voluntary basis and to permit them to serve in all parts of the armed forces, the ministry of defence has announced.

Conscription in Estonia is compulsory only for men. Some women, however, elect for military service, after high school, as conscripts on a voluntary basis.

"The goal is to expand the possibilities for women to be involved in the defence forces and to enable them to complete their military service in the same units and occupations as men," Luik said.

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