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21st January 2019

300 All Female SLPP Recruitment Drive Underway in the Sierra Leone Armed Forces!

By a press release (06/01/19)

The Sierra Leone military is enlisting 300 female soldiers in its rank, an unprecedented recruitment move in the armed forces' history.


For the first time in almost 40 years, the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) with support from the Government of Sierra Leone and the International Security and Advisory Team (ISAT) will be undertaking a special recruitment of women across the country. (Photo: First Lady Fatima Bio, witnessing a military pass out last year, is spearheading the women recruitment drive).

The first-ever all-female recruitment was conducted in 1978 and 1979 when a total of 74 females were enlisted into RSLAF. Initially 10 females were enlisted as cadets in 1978 and 64 enlisted as recruits in 1979.

For the up-coming all female recruitment, a total of 300 females will be recruited from all the regions, districts and chiefdoms across the country. As an eminent female personality of Sierra Leone, the First Lady, Mrs Fatima Bio will launch this recruitment drive.

The launching ceremony of the recruitment took take place on Saturday, 15 December, 2018 at the Aberdeen Roundabout near the Aberdeen Police Station.

The Head of the RSLAF National Recruitment Team, Brigadier General Peter Lavahun, the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff Personnel and Military Secretary, said the special female recruitment drive is intended to raise RSLAF profile in terms of gender mainstreaming.

"We are making assiduous efforts to resume active Peace Support Operations. Currently, the United Nations Policy on Peace Support Operations emphasizes 15% of female participation in every peace keeping force and we have to meet this standard," Brigadier Lavahun noted.

After the launching ceremony, details of the recruitment process was disseminated through various communication channels including our website

Courtesy: The Calabash Newspaper

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