10 Aug 2011

Defence keen to see women in SAS one day

8:58 am on 10 August 2011

The Defence Force says it is keen to see women join the SAS.

Defence is changing the way it recruits for the elite army special forces unit.

In future, new recruits will be able to signal from the start of their service they are interested in joining the SAS.

Previously, they needed at least two years in the military.

Army Recruiting director Major Helen Horn told Morning Report that women have tried before without success to get into the SAS.

Major Horn said the changes won't affect the rigorous SAS selection process.