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Women in Mexico Allowed to Join Military Service

Women in Mexico won an important victory on Friday when they were granted the opportunity to serve in Mexico’s military. Women who enlist in Mexico’s military service will do so as volunteers and will not be subjected to military discipline, unlike men.

Every man in Mexico must report for military service at the age of 18, but only five percent are actually trained. Women will be required to attend six-hour training sessions each Saturday.

Military Service Director Jesus Rodriquez said at a news conference “At the start of the new millennium, equality between men and women becomes more evident than ever, and women’s participation in the military service is a clear reflection of that.”

Sources:

Nando Times and Reuters - January 10, 2000

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