The women in the infantry thing was pointless, and we've probably lost a load of people that would have been highly effective in other areas. Ack the SD comment, women are vital here, they gate to scratch an itch and lets face it they're never going to be carrying a lead shield in the front of a stack.I'm sure the Cold War army managed to recruit lots of women.
It also had roles that required women, already trained in other trades, for " Special Duties".
It advertised those roles internally, and those women who applied and passed the relevent training seem to have done well.
Maybe the army could repeat that process? Recruit women who want to join, train them in a trade, then offer infantry as an option?
Trying to recruit women directly to infantry is perhaps too great a leap?
I'm wondering if the actual amount of women serving masks the data. The variation in recruiting each year is large but just a standard variation that looks bad. Probably the wrong words, but I know what I mean.