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Army May 24, 2012
Cpl Max Bree
WHEN Capt Nichola Goddard became
Canada's first woman killed in action
during 2006, the news was hard to take
for Capt Géneviève Bertrand.
Not necessarily over the death of a
female and fellow officer but because she
had lost a friend.
"The way that impacted ... was because I
had known her before," Capt Bertrand said.
"That's more hurtful on a personal level."
Canadian military sociologist Leut-
Cmdr Karen Davis (retd) believed Capt
Goddard's comrades looked past gender
when remembering her.
"Her colleagues prefer to remember the
first forward observer officer, that called the
guns, killed since Korea," Ms Davis said.
Capt Bertrand and Ms Davis were part
of a Canadian military delegation invited
to Australia by CDF Gen David Hurley
to share Canada's experiences integrating
women into combat roles.
The Canadian team toured major mili-
tary bases from Melbourne to Townsville
from May 7-18 and shared their experiences
with staff at combat training centres includ-
ing Singleton and Puckapunyal.
Support from unit commanders was
the key to integrating women into combat
corps, according to the visiting Canadians.
When the Canadian Forces introduced
women into combat roles in 1987, the
smoothest transitions were at units with
commanders who fully supported the new
role of women, Ms Davis said.
"In 1997 we interviewed over 30 women
who had left the combat arms," Ms Davis
said. "They talked about how commanders
from different levels of leadership impacted
"As soon as a leader shows any sign that
a woman can't do it ... or they don't agree
with it, that influences all the leaders below
She said there was no massive influx of
volunteers once frontline combat positions
were opened to women.
"It was a challenge to recruit women
into combat arms. But those they did recruit
and the women today are highly capable
soldiers," she said.
The head Another member of the del-
egation, Col Jennie Carignan, joined the
Canadian military in 1986 and became one
of her country's first female combat engi-
"I come from a family where there
were no barriers to what I could do," Col
"I had no idea about discrimination or
'you can't do that because you're a girl'.
"[After joining the forces] you see the
reaction of some people, that's when you
think 'there's a little bit of friction here'."
As one of the first females in the combat
arms, Col Carignan was well aware of ini-
tial mistakes made in the early days regard-
ing women's sleeping arrangements.
"The reaction was to separate women
from their sections or platoons. By doing
that they cut them off," she said.
"When we deploy to the field now the
section members are all together."
Today, women form 4.2 per cent of
officer positions and 1.5 per cent of other
ranks in Canadian combat corps.
Many lessons to pass on
Canadian officers tour Australian bases to share their experiences integrating women into combat roles
Leading the way: Canadian Army Col Jennie Carignan (left) and Capt Géneviève Bertrand were members
of a delegation touring Australia to share their country's experience opening combat roles to women.
Photo by Cpl Max Bree
omen into combat ro
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