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Women in the Armed Forces: From Recruitment to Civilian Life


This inquiry will explore the experience of female service personnel from recruitment to transition and consider whether there are unique challenges that are not adequately addressed by the current policies and services.

Challenges that the inquiry will explore, include:

  • Recruitment and retention of female personnel;
  • Incidences where female serving personnel are the victim of sexual offences;
  • Overrepresentation in the complaints system;
  • Female personnel are more likely to make bullying and harassment complaints;
  • Female personnel are more likely to be assessed with a mental health disorder; and
  • Transition to civilian life, where female service leavers have a lower employment rate and a higher economic inactivity rate.

Other areas of interest that the Committee are keen to cover within the scope of the inquiry include issues around pensions, terms and conditions of employment, housing and general wellbeing.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry. 

If you would like to participate in this inquiry, you can do so by submitting written evidence (by clicking the button below)

Please Note: The Committee has formally resolved that it will accept all requests for evidence to the inquiry into Women in the Armed Forces to be anonymous. This means that if you ask for your evidence to be anonymous, it will be.

(The survey for serving personnel and veterans who are female-identifying and/or designated female at birth is now closed).

This inquiry is currently accepting evidence

The committee wants to hear your views. We welcome submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. You can submit evidence until Sunday 31 January 2021.

Read the call for evidence before submitting

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