The Changing Role and Position of Women within the Croatian Defence System
Key questions in this analysis will focus on how women are recruited, availability of higher posts within CAF for women, trends in the percentage of women in the system of recruitment in education model designed for Croatian Armed Forces and factors contributing the decision to pursue military career among women.
Two aspects of the topic include: 1. posts held by women in CAF 1992-2017., and 2. inclusion of women through education system for military purposes. Hence the paper will offer the analysis of recruitment of women through the voluntary conscription since 2008 and the new undergraduate university study programs of Military Engineering (ME) and Military Leadership and Management (ML&M) which were introduced in 2014.
Research methods will include: content analysis of the Croatian legislative framework for gender equality and implemented international standards concerning gender perspective introduced by UN and NATO, as relevant referent points; analysis of available numerical indicators concerning the presence of women in the CAF and MoD (quantitative) and positions held by women (qualitative) in the stated period; qualitative and quantitative survey (questionnaire) among the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation of students enrolled into the undergraduate university study programs of Military Engineering (ME) and Military Leadership and Management (ML&M) on different aspects recruiting women into CAF.