Can you work in the maritime security industry as a female?
If you are ex military, then there is no reason why not, however i think you may find it a struggle in merchant shipping - as most of the Filipino dont see women on tankers, dry bulkers - and if you are going on as an armed team member then you may need to prove your worth. I took my ex girlfriend on a VLCC tanker whilst it was at anchor at Brixham to brief the crew and put some kit onboard as they were heading for Suez - we were only onboard 5 hours but she had to be escorted everywhere.....They are just not used to seeing women being onboard but.....In the cruise ship industry i would see it being much easier for you and there is a constant requirement for good female security personnel.
It would be helpful for you to gain a good insight into the work / risk undertaken in the Indian Ocean maybe in an ops job for a short while before deploying.... Piracy will be around for many many years to come so there is no major rush.
If you would like more info please email me nick at mmwc dot org
Merry xmas everyone - ships keep moving - stay safe