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Swiss army head calls for more women and to allow foreigners

National News // June 26, 2020

The fairly new head of the Swiss army wants to be more inclusive. He wants more women and even foreigners to join up. 

Unsplash Swiss army head calls for more women and to allow foreigners

Ex-banker Thomas Süssli took over as head of the armed forces at the beginning of the year. 

Speaking to the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper, he says he’d like to see 10% of the army made up of women by 2030. 

Currently it’s less than 1%. 

He also suggests foreigners could one day be allowed to join. Currently the constitution bans non-Swiss from the army – but he says that could be re-examined in the longer term. It would mean a national vote to change the law. 

 

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