Afghanistan aims to increase proportion of females in the national army by reportedly offering a number of incentives including a special salary scale for female recruits.
Currently, there are 1,575 Afghan women in the army ranks, which makes up only three to four percent, according to the Defense Ministry’s deputy spokesman, who called it “nothing”.
“We are aiming to raise this percentage to 10 percent,” Mohammad Radmanesh was quoted by AFP as saying on Friday.
He confirmed that a slew of incentives, including a special salary scale will be provided for the female recruits.
The shortfall of women security and defence staff is one of the greatest challenges for the Afghan government.
In December, there was angry reaction in Afghanistan to news that the country’s first female fixed-wing pilot was requesting asylum in U.S. after completing an 18-month training course there, citing fears for her safety.
Afghan defence ministry hoped that her requests would be denied by U.S. authorities.
Radmanesh said that, currently, there are 400 Afghan female recruits training at the defence ministry institutions.
Afghan security institutions are losing personnel at a higher rate after conflict raged in 2014 when international forces moved into an advisory and training role.
An estimated 5,000 Afghan military deaths 15,000 wounded were recorded in 2015. The death rate surged above the year’s level in 2016.