John Healey – 2021 Comments on Female Recruits into Military

The comments made by John Healey, the Shadow Defence Minister, on 16 December 2021.

The Government has consistently let down women in our frontline forces, and Ministers keep making pledges which sounds good but fail to act.

Women often have the impression that it is harder for them to succeed in the military, and such unclear targets will only reinforce this. We cannot allow more women to be put off a career in the Armed Forces.

Ministers must stop seeking quick headlines and have a plan to drive up female recruitment, as well as ensuring women are properly supported throughout their service.