Indian Army to Allow Women in Combat Roles and Induct Women in Military Police (Download PDF)

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In a transformational move, the Indian Army opened up combat positions for women and is now inducting 800 women officers to military police. Process moving fast and women initially recruited to positions in military police.

Map of Women in Combat Roles
  • Very few countries including Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and Israel allow women in combat roles.
  • Currently women are allowed only in a select areas including in medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army but not in combat roles.

Women in Military Police

  • 800 women will be inducted initially with yearly intake of 52.
  • Corps of Military Police will use women especially for investigating allegations of gender specific crimes.

Roles of Military Police

  • Policing the cantonments and army establishments
  • Preventing breach of rules and regulations by soldiers
  • Maintaining movement of soldiers as well as logistics during peace and war
  • Handling prisoners of war
  • Extending aid to civil police whenever required.

Indian Air-Force First to Break Glass Ceiling

  • Indian Air Force, last year, inducted three women as fighter pilots, a year after the government opened fighter stream for women.
  • Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh are now part of IAF՚s fighter squadron.

Status in Indian Navy

  • Indian Navy is deliberating a policy on having women onboard the ships
  • Navy allows women in other segments including in legal, logistics, naval architecture and engineering departments.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 12, 2017

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