Letter: Women in the army serve with pride

Last updated 10:37 24/02/2014

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OPINION: I am responding to the article by Karl du Fresne (Opinion, Feb 21) in which he questions why any woman might want to join the New Zealand Defence Force.

The answer is, for the same reasons that people like Mr du Fresne seek to join the club of cynical old curmudgeons - it's a calling. Military women, like their male counterparts, wish to play an active role in the vital task of defending New Zealand's values, interests, culture and way of life.

Military women serve with pride, and I have no doubt that we need more women in the Defence Force, not fewer.

I offer an open invitation to Mr du Fresne to spend a day with some of our talented military women to find out first-hand the contribution they make. They have assured me they will go slow for him, so that he can keep up.

LT GEN TIM KEATING

Chief of New Zealand Defence Force

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