Moammar Gaddafi (AP)

It’s been more than three months since NATO began airstrikes in Libya. It’s been more than four months since rebels have fought to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. Still, Gaddafi, who has ruled the country for 42 years, retains control and is working to invigorate his troops.

In response to a call for volunteer fighters, some women have signed up for military training, CNN reports.

In Libya, Gaddafi has an all-female bodyguard, and there are military training schools for girls. This new volunteer army of women have been bussed to a weapons training facility in Bani Walid to learn how to handle machine guns.

Gaddafi’s forces continue to battle against rebels armed by France and protected by body armor vests provided by Britain.