Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has disclosed plans to expand the list of military roles that can be undertaken by female cadets and students – both in military schools and universities with military education centers.

“Every year we receive hundreds of letters and inquests, we are facing the same question over and over again: why young men can undergo military training and girls cannot? I want to say that since recently the girls also can do it. We will do everything for them to undergo military training, though, naturally, not in all military professions,” Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday as he met with the head of the Khakassia region and the heads of civilian universities in Abakan, South Siberia.

The statement came after one of Shoigu’s deputies, Nikolai Pankov, said that, at the moment, a very large number of young Russian women wanted to enter military service and receive military education. He added that competition among women to enter existing military schools is “beyond all limits.”

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