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House passes army gender promotions bill

Women serve as non-commissioned officers in the army

The House on Thursday passed new regulations ensuring equal treatment for female and male non-commissioned officers (NCOs) serving in the National Guard.

Until now, male NCOs could not be promoted to officer status. They only received that rank if they graduated from a military academy or passed a certain test whereas women had the ability to receive officer status.

This distinction is abolished by the new regulations.

Additionally, the promotions register will be unified into one and not be separated between genders, meaning whoever is next in line to get higher status will do so.

The regulations also stipulate that the number of volunteers who become NCOs cannot exceed the 20 per cent mark of people expected to graduate from military academies every year.

NCO’s will need to be at their post for two years in order to be eligible for promotion while army and air force sergeants as well as petty officers will need to have their post for four years.

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