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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Press Release by MoD on Permanent Commission to women

Official Press Release by the Ministry of Defence through the Press Information Bureau :

Permanent Commission to Women Officers

Armed Forces were requested to prepare a comprehensive coherent policy paper on induction of Women, which has been submitted to the Ministry in August 2011. The policy paper has been considered by the Ministry keeping in view the role and responsibility of the Armed Forces in defending the nation and protecting the territorial integrity of the-country. Based thereon, a Government letter has been issued on 11th November, 2011 inter-alia laying down policy on induction and employment of women in Armed Forces as under:

(i) Women Officers may continue to be inducted as Short Service Commission Officers' (SSCOs) in Branches/Cadres where they are being inducted presently in the three Service's;

(ii) Women SSCOs will be eligible for consideration for grant of permanent commission along with Men SSCOs in specific Branches in the three Services viz. Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Army Education Corps (AEC) of Army and their corresponding branches in Navy and Air Force; Naval constructor in Navy and Accounts branch in Air Force, as specified in Ministry's letter No:12(i)/2004-D(AG)Pt.Il, dated 26th Septembet,2008;'

(iii) In addition to the above, in the Air Force, women SSCOs will be eligible alongwith men SSCOs, for consideration for grant of permanent commission in Technical, Administration, Logistics and Meteorology Branches.

The grant of permanent commission will be subject to willingness of the candidate and service specific requirements, availability of vacancies, suitability, merit of the candidate as decided by each Service.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Shri Balwinder Singh Bhunder in Rajya Sabha today.


Anonymous said...

A move in the RIGHT Direction. Although I do agree that we can go further.Look @ AMC, they had two Lady Lt Generals as DGMS Air and DGMS Navy few years back.

Anonymous said...

Why this gender equality issue only at Officer rank level???
Ever notice that none of the women going to the court have ever asked for women to be inducted at recruit/NCO/JCO level???

So much for equality!!! Why do women want to be just inducted at officer level only?

synapse said...

I have seen from close quarters AMC lady officer staying at remote operational posts (AR) where she in tentage to provide onsite medical cover. She got annoyed when I sought a male medical officer to accompany the week long patrol. Later I was to realise that it was not an exception.

Having served alongside many of them, I have found most of them to be very sincere and intellectually superior to many male counterparts.

It's time we truly enhance their role.

Anonymous said...

this seems in contrary to the judgement of the supreme court by which some lady officers who had been released 2 years ago were taken back into the folds. can you please throw some light on the judgement by the supreme court in favour of women officers. Those officers who have been taken back are of services even other than JAG and AEC.With that having happened, what is the future of the women officers of all the arms and services.

Anonymous said...

I have myself been part of op vijay and was awarded COAS commendation card. what makes me unfit now with 14 years of experience in uniform, incl seven yrs regtl tenure?
maj a singh