Feldkirchen, Germany - FDR
ALENA RACINSKI AIMS WITH HER RIFFLE DURING A TRAINEE SESSION IN THE GERMAN ARMY IN FELDKIRCHEN.
Alena Raczinski, trainee in the 12. medical company in Feldkirchen, near Straubing in southern Germany, aims her rifle during a training session January 11. The European Court in Luxembourg ruled on Tuesday that women should be allowed to carry arms in the German military forces and said laws banning women from combat violate European Union sex equality regulations.The court upheld a complaint from a German woman, Tanja Kreil, whose efforts to join the Bundeswehr army had been rejected by the Defence Ministry. Germany's post-war constitution specifically bars women from bearing arms. Women are currently allowed to serve in the army in medical capacities or as musicians. There are currently 4,340 women in medical jobs while 60 are working as musicians. All German men are required to serve 10 months in the army after turning 18.