For the first time in the history of Myanmar, the country formally known as Burma, the Ministry of Defense is seeking female applicants to join the army. According to an ad in the state-run newspaper, Myanmar Ahlin, female cadets must be single, between age 25 and 30, at least 5’3” tall, and less than 130 pounds. Female soldiers won’t be sent into combat, but the ad says successful applicants would be offered commissioned posts starting as second lieutenants. Myanmar’s army is known for human rights abuses and multiple military coups, and the Human Rights Watch warns that female recruits may face sexual abuse or harassment.
Women could previously only be nurses in the military.