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The Australian Army praised for female leadership

The Australian Army was commended for its dedication to gender diversity."

For a long time, the Australian Army has not been a male-dominated career place. In fact, some key roles for continuing both defensive and peacetime operations are occupied by women.

This is why a report by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has announced the defence force in its top 50 leading employers for women.

The APEC study, conducted over 13 Asia-Pacific countries and the United States, includes only three Australian employers, with the Army finding a place due to its commitment to gender diversity.

The Army intends to increase the number of serving females from the August 2014 rate of 11.9 per cent to 13 per cent by mid-2015. This model should provide a balanced approach without limiting opportunities for men in the coming years.

To achieve this, the Army introduced 10 specialist female recruiters to offer a broader approach and better service female recruits. It has also launched media campaigns to better inform women of its diversity.

The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, said the Army's entry into the top 50 was a testament to the recent restructuring.

"For our Army to be recognised as a best practice Australian employer in the attraction and retention of female soldiers and officers is indicative of our continuing progress to be a truly inclusive organisation," he explained.

"This report recognises and validates the hard work undertaken by the thousands of men and women in our Army to increase the representation of women in our organisation.

"While we have achieved a great deal, we are still in the early stages. The APEC report recognises that we are making progress and I am tremendously proud of our efforts."

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