WOMEN IN THE SOVIET AND URKRANIAN ARMY
Female Armed Forces in Ukraine
Women (on active duty) make almost 13% of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (18.000 persons); 7% of those are officers. This number is close to NATO armies statistics. Ukraine shows better results in military gender equality than countries like Norway (7%), United Kingdom(9%) or Sweden (5%). There are few female high officers, 2,9% (1.202 women). There are no females among Ukraine’s generals while there are a dozen female colonels. Contractual military service counts for almost 44% of women. However, this is closely linked to the low salary of such positions: men refuse to serve in these conditions when women accept them. In total about 25 percent of Ukraine’s 200,000 military personnel are women.
Servicewomen live in woman-only apartments near the military bases. A female officer can take three years’ maternity leave without losing her position.