- The Indian Army was the first of the three Services to let women become soldiers in the Corps of Military Police.
- Women officers already take part in a variety of adventure activities and are part of airborne formations for operational use.
Indian Army officials said that women officers will have to go through a Special Selection Board to move from the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel. This will put them on the same level as their male counterparts.
It takes place from January 9 to January 22, 2023.
Army officials say that 244 women officers from the 1992 batch to the 2006 batch in different Arms and Services are being considered for 108 open positions (Engineers, Signals, Army Air Defence, Intelligence Corps, Army Service Corps, Army Ordnance Corps & Electrical & Mechanical Engineers).
The government has made openings for this Special No. 3 Selection Board so that the affected women officers can be promoted. This is to make sure that men and women are treated equally in the Indian Army.
Sixty women officers who were affected have been asked to be observers for the Selection Board. This is to make sure that the process is fair and to clear up any concerns they may have.
When the selection board is done, the 108 women officers who have been deemed “FIT” will be considered for different command assignments. Indian Army officials said that the first set of these orders will be sent out by the end of January 2023.
Women Officers work in different parts of the Indian Army’s operations.
In order to give women the same chances as men, the Indian Army has given women officers the same Permanent Commission (PC) as men officers. With PC, women officers can aim for more glory and take on more responsibility and higher ranks.
All women officers who have been given PC are going through special training courses and hard military jobs to prepare them for higher leadership positions in the Indian Army. Officials from the Indian Army said that PC has also started for women officers in the younger batches. They are considered for PC after 10 years of service.
With PC, women officers are entering an era of gender equality and getting ready to take on challenging leadership roles, just like their male peers.
Five Women Officers (WOs) have passed the prestigious Defence Services Staff Course (DSSC) and Defence Services Technical Staff Course (DSTSC) Exam, which is held every September. This is the first time this has happened. The five WOs will take a year-long course, which will give them enough weight when they are considered for command positions.
Combat pilots who are also women have joined their male counterparts in different aviation units. Women Officers in the Engineers, Army Air Defense, and Signals are already making a difference in the front lines. The Corps of Artillery will soon allow women to join. A woman officer was sent to a post in the Saichen Glacier not too long ago.
The Indian Army was the first of the three Services to let women become soldiers in the Corps of Military Police. Our Women Military Police soldiers have made the organisation and the country proud by doing their jobs in the most professional and skilled way possible. Some of them have also been the country’s representatives at international military gatherings and UN missions. The “Agnipath Scheme” will also be used to train women who want to join the Corps of Military Police.
As part of another effort to promote “Nari Shakti,” we have so far hired six talented athletes into the Corps of Military Police through our Mission Olympic Programme.
“We have made it much more important for our women soldiers to take part in UN Peacekeeping missions. In line with the UN’s Gender Parity drive, we recently sent an Enhanced Female Engagement Team of two Officers and 25 Women Soldiers to the strive in Abeyi region of Africa to help women and children in one of the most difficult operational and terrain conditions under the UN flag “the officials said.
Women officers already take part in a variety of adventure activities and are part of airborne formations for operational use. However, the recent skydiving by three women soldiers is a new start, and the Indian Army plans to do more like it to encourage young women to join.