Afghan Female Tactical Platoon Trains for Operations

NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan
Story by Martha Schaeffer

Date: 05.23.2018
Posted: 05.23.2018 13:04
News ID: 278109
Female Tactical Platoon trains for Operations

Members of the Female Tactical Platoon, a small, elite unit of the Afghan Special Security Forces, undergo a physical assessment test called a Ktah Khas Physical Assessment Test (KPAT), near Kabul, Afghanistan, May 13.

The Ktah Khas Physical Assessment Test is conducted twice a year in full protective gear. The Female Tactical Platoon supports Afghan Special Security Forces during counterterrorism operations, specializing in the search, questioning and medical assistance of women and children.

"When I was little, I loved the Army and I wanted to join,” said a veteran Female Tactical Platoon member. "I want to help. I wanted to serve my country, and my people. I can do that through the FTP, and I can serve the females of Afghanistan also."

The Female Tactical Platoon operates in tandem with their male counterparts, assuming the same risks and dangers.

"Our purpose is to help our country, to support our family and our community of Afghanistan. People should have an open mind," said a young Female Tactical Platoon member. "Women can leave their family for work. We are equal and we have a right to serve our country."