Fiji Time: 12:12 AM on Thursday 27 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Men only

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, February 01, 2014

WOMEN will only be recruited in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces when the need arises.

That's the word from Prime Minister and army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

"It's on a need basis," Commodore Bainimarama said in an interview yesterday.

"Gauna qo sa rauta vinaka tu na allocation ni mataivalu (At the moment I am happy with the current allocation of the RFMF)."

"Na gauna sa na vinakati kina me so tale na yalewa, ira na qai recruit taki (When there is a need to have more women in the force, we will recruit them)."

Asked if this meant that only men were being recruited into the force, Commodore Bainimarama responded, "donu (correct)".

At the moment, there are 92 female women in the force of which nine are officers and the rest are in the warrant officers, senior non-commission and junior offices non-commission ranks.

Last year Cabinet approved two recruitment drives to enlist 900 reserves. The recruitments were held in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa.

However, no women were enlisted.

In his 2014 Budget announcement, Commodore Bainimarama said the government allocated $94.2million to the RFMF and an additional $39.9m to fulfil peacekeeping responsibilities.

He said a large portion of the $39.9m was allocated for peacekeeping responsibilities and would be reimbursed by the UN.

He also said Fiji's commitment to UN peacekeeping remained unwavering.

"It is a source of great pride that for a nation of our size, we are able to make a meaningful and significant contribution to the international community.

"For the last three decades, we have always responded to the call of the UN to serve in some of the most difficult circumstances around the world, including Lebanon, Iraq, the Sinai Peninsula, and now, the Golan Heights, a disputed territory between Israel and Syria."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Couple return to Fiji after almost a decade
  2. Indecent jokes warning
  3. Medal for a saviour
  4. Man behind the change
  5. Ryan departs for Dubai ahead of sevens team
  6. Nanai-Williams opts for Samoa over New Zealand
  7. The real deal
  8. Eighteen receive Order of Fiji
  9. $67.7m expected
  10. Maritime travel advice

Top Stories this Week

  1. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  2. PM says sorry Thursday (20 Nov)
  3. WHAT FIJI WILL GET Thursday (20 Nov)
  4. Big cheer for a PM of good tidings Thursday (20 Nov)
  5. Budget Friday (21 Nov)
  6. Deal on NZ jobs Monday (24 Nov)
  7. Stop the bickering Tuesday (25 Nov)
  8. No regrets Tuesday (25 Nov)
  9. Patel guilty of abuse Friday (21 Nov)
  10. President Xi leaves impression on leaders Monday (24 Nov)