Attrition: The Moslem Girls Go Marching In

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April 2, 2006: Pakistan commissioned its first female pilots. Four women graduated from the Pakistani Air Force Academy, where another ten women are still in training. It's rare for women to serve in the military of Moslem nations. This is because the military then exposes itself to criticism from Islamic hard liners, quoting all the stuff in Islamic law that segregates men from women, and restricts women in general.

But worldwide, women are increasingly part of the military. In many nations, over ten percent of military personnel are female. A century ago, it was under one percent (and most of those were nurses and other medical personnel.) More women are in uniform now because there aren't enough qualified men, especially for many of the technical jobs armed forces now have to deal with.

Islamic nations have higher illiteracy rates overall, and very high rates for women. These nations have a severe shortage of technically trained people. Those women that do get an education in Islamic cultures tend to be very bright and able. So there's a need, and a solution close at hand. But because of those religious restrictions, and the generally very macho attitudes in Islamic nations, there will never be as many women in uniform as are needed. This means that Islamic armed forces will continue to come up short when it comes to maintaining and using military technology. The future of military operations is more technology, so you can see where this is leading. No wonder Islamic radicals want to go back to the past. Unfortunately, the non-Moslem world is not inclined to join them. Taking a knife to a gun fight doesn't work.

 


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