Permanent Commission for Women in the Armed Forces
Women in the armed forces are doing wonders and this announcement by defence minister will not only boost their morale but will also help them serve the nation for a more extended period. As per the announcement, Women will be eligible for permanent careers in all ten branches of the army where they have been inducted as short-service commissioned (SSC) officers. In this post, we will dig deeper into the topic.
So let's begin
Until now, women officers were allowed permanent commission (PC) only in two branches: Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Army Education Corps. But from now on the women officers who are inducted in departments such as Corps of Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Army Air Defence(AAD), Electronics and Mechanical Engineers(EME), Army Service Corps(ASC), Army Ordinance Corps(AOC) and the Intelligence Corps will be granted permanent commission. So in total, there are ten branches for permanent commission.
As per the defence ministry, SSC women officers will be given their option for permanent commission before completion of four years of commissioned service. They will be considered for grant of permanent commission based on suitability, merit and other factors.
The IAF uplifted the combat ban in the year 2015 and allowed the induction of women pilot in the Indian Airforce fighter stream. Avani Chaturvedi shattered the glass ceiling of common misbelief of gender inequality and became the first female fighter pilot of Indian Airforce.
Our Indian navy is also taking steps in this right direction. The education and law and naval constructor branch/cadre for women officers of short service commission are made eligible for permanent commission in the maritime armament branch, keeping them at par with their male counterparts.
All the armed forces are recruiting lady candidates through fresh implements, adding to this The Indian navy is building three ships where women officers will be trained and after which they will be deployed at sea.
The steps taken by the defence ministry is applauded and highly praised by DDE.
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