Canada’s special forces hope to recruit more than just a few good women in the coming years, says the commander of the elite force.
Maj-Gen. Mike Rouleau said the special forces, the highly trained military units that hunt terrorists and conduct covert operations, are considering how they can recruit more women.
More than just a nod toward society’s growing demand for gender balance, having more women in the unit would make it more effective, he said.
“Having female operators would allow us to be more flexible in the battlespace,” Rouleau said in a recent interview. “It would allow us to be more under the radar in certain cases.”
In certain countries, two men walking down the street might draw attention, but having a man and woman conduct the same mission might be less noticeable, Rouleau suggested.