Estonian defense chief Riho Terras: Women can serve in all defense force roles

NordenBladet – Women can serve in all roles in the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces Gen. Riho Terras said on Thursday (01.March).

“Estonia is too small to leave half of our population out of national defense,” Terras said in remarks released ahead of a conference titled “Women, Peace and Security”. This is true for the defense forces as well — we have neither specialties nor units where women’s participation would be barred or restricted due to gender. Women do not have to be only medics or members of the signal corps; they can serve in all roles in the EDF.”

In his opening remarks at the conference, the Estonian defense chief said that the ideology of a popular military is central to Estonia’s defense forces.


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