Defence Ministry gives green signal to Permanent Commission for Women in Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence, in a press release stated that it has taken steps to ensure the implementation of grant of Permanent Commission to Women officers in the Armed Forces.

It was previously announced by the Prime Minister on 15th August, 2018.

The Defence Spokesperson confirmed the same.

Until now the Women Officers were allowed permanent commission only in two branches i.e. Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Army Education Corps.

Now, they will be granted permanent commission in Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Army Air Defence, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Ordinance Corps and Intelligence.

Concerning the Indian Air Force , all Branches, including Fighter Pilots are now open for women officers, said the press release.

The press release said that for the Indian Navy that all non sea going Branches or Cadre or Specialisation have been opened for induction of women officers through Short Service Commission.

In addition to education, Law & Naval Constructor branch/cadre, women SSC officers have been made eligible for grant of Permanent Commission in the Naval Armament branch, at par with the male officers.

It also mentioned that the proposal for induction of three new training ships for the Indian Navy is in process which would provide the requisite infrastructure for training of both men and women officers.

Indian Navy will start inducting women in all branches, once the training ships come to its acquisition.

SSC Women officers will be considered for grant of PC based on suitability, merit etc and will be employed in various staff appointment as per the statement.

Also, under SSC, officers are allowed tenures ranging from 5 to 14 years of services. But. the Permanent Commission allows them to serve till the age of retirement.

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