Women In Territorial Army Along LOC
Territorial Army women officers will now be posted along LOC. The Ministry of Defence, Department of Military Affairs has made a significant development by approving an amendment to the existing cadre management provisions for Women Officers in the Territorial Army (TA). Since 2019, the Territorial Army has been commissioning Women Officers who have been serving in Ecological Task Force Units, TA Oil sector units, and TA Railway Engineer Regiment. With the experience gained during this period, a proposal was prepared to expand the employment scope for women officers in TA, which was approved by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri in April this year.
As per the new policy, Women Officers of the Territorial Army will now be posted with Engineer Regiments of the Territorial Army, serving along the Line of Control, as well as serving as staff officers at TA Group Headquarters/ Directorate General of Territorial Army in New Delhi, based on the organizational requirement.
This progressive policy measure aims to enhance the scope of employment of Women Officers, allowing them to serve and train under the same conditions as their male counterparts, in a wider range of units and appointments, including serving in challenging field conditions and important staff appointments.
The Territorial Army operates based on a Citizen Soldiers’ army concept, and officers undergo annual training on basic military skills while remaining gainfully employed in civilian life. This move by the Ministry of Defence is a significant step towards empowering women in the armed forces and meeting their professional aspirations.