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COLAR also has heroines: 'The Womens role in the Colombian Army'
October 16, 2013
Colombian Military Forces has become a fundamental part of society by performing the hard work to protect and defend sovereignty as well as to contribute with national progress and development.
The great challenges faced at the end of 20th Century caused the Colombian Army to visualize the need to enroll women as an active asset of the military institution; therefore, the National Government, through Decree 2129 of October 7, 1976, allowed the enrollment of the first twelve women as warrant officers in the fields of medicine, dentistry, bacteriology, architecture, law, accounting, business administration and education.
Also, on July 1, 1983, 84 women were enrolled in the NCOs School in order to become corporals specialized in education, nursing, pharmacy, systems, accounting assistants and administrative assistants.
On January 14, 2009, 62 women were enrolled in the Military Academy to become regular duty officers after 3 years of training. In this way, the paradigm of women unable for troop command and leadership was broken. Up to that date, women had always performed in the administrative area.
By the end of their training, on December 7, 2011, 48 women graduated as BA in Military Science and were promoted to Second Lieutenants in the specialties of logistics, intelligence and communications. From that time on, women could be assigned to several units to perform as commanders and assumed the essential responsibility of welfare for subordinates and mission compliance.
They assimilated the meaning of sacrifice, abnegation and mystic in the military career which used to be only for men.