Improving security through female engagement within the Jordanian Armed Forces

One female soldier stands guard while another searches a woman during a training exercise
Members of the Jordanian Armed Forces Quick Reaction Force Female Engagement Team apply their skills during a field exercise. (Photo by Canadian Training Assistance Team – Jordan)

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By Canadian Training Assistance Team – Jordan, Operation IMPACT

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been operating in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan since August 2016. They are delivering non-lethal aid in the form of equipment and training to the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF). Notably, members of the Logistics Support Mentor Team have been supporting the training of the JAF Quick Reaction Force Female Engagement Team, the first ever in the JAF.

The new Female Engagement Team is a platoon composed of female soldiers. Its role is to enable Quick Reaction Force operations and activities within specific cultural norms and contexts. The desired end-state is to grow the Female Engagement Team to a company, which is usually somewhere between 80 and 150 soldiers.

The Female Engagement Team was given their first field-specific task to prepare for Exercise EAGER LION. This exercise was run by Jordan and the United States and occurred in April 2018.

The Female Engagement Team integrated with and assisted an infantry company at a border crossing. The team members responded to refugee incidents and conducted personnel searches on females. Their work significantly enhanced the ability of the Quick Reaction Force battalion to address cultural considerations while conducting security operations. The performance of the Female Engagement Team was exemplary and showed their strategic potential for improving operational effectiveness while enhancing gender integration.

Female members of the JAF, when suitably trained, equipped, and integrated, are able to respond in a culturally sensitive and respectful manner to security tasks. As such, they enhance operational effectiveness. The Canadian Armed Forces will continue to support the progress and growth of the JAF Quick Reaction Force Female Engagement Team by soon deploying a dedicated training team.

Female soldiers practice their skills inside of a classroom

Members of the Jordanian Armed Forces Quick Reaction Force Female Engagement Team learn how to conduct personnel searches. (Photo by Canadian Training Assistance Team – Jordan)

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