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Welcome first female military academy graduates

  • Nathazha Sipasulta and Fitri Bintang Timur

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 5 2017   /  12:46 am

Just recently, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated over 700 graduates of military and police academies, highlighting their strategic role in internal reform that will help the two forces balance or even precede the development of modern challenges.

Arguably, one of the challenges facing the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police (Polri) is to win recognition as equal opportunity employers (EOE), which therefore requires them to recruit and promote their staff by merit and refrain from discrimination based on race, religion and gender. It is indeed a daunting task as two years ago the two institutions came under global scrutiny for imposing virginity tests as a recruitment prerequisite.

Notwithstanding, this year Indonesia welcomes the first female graduates of its Military Academy, with 10 from the Navy, 12 from the Air Force and 16 from the Army. Alto...