Months after the process to grant permanent commission to women officers began across 10 streams of the Indian Defence Forces, the Army declared on Thursday that around 49% women officers would continue to serve in the force.
Declaring the results of the first-ever board held for granting Permanent Commission to women soldiers, the Army said around 320 women officers would retire after 20 years of pensionable service.
“Indian Army today declared results of the first-ever board held for granting Permanent Commission to Women officers. Around 49% of women officers would continue to serve in the force. Around 320 women officers would retire after 20 years of pensionable service,” Army sources told news agency ANI, adding that 615 women officers were under consideration for being granted permanent commission.
In July, the Army had initiated the process to grant permanent commission to short service women officers in 10 streams of the force. With an aim to empower women officers in handling larger roles, the Ministry of Defence had issued a formal sanction letter for granting permanent commission to women officers in the Indian Army.
The 10 streams of the armed forces in which women officers have been granted permanent commission include – Army Air Defence (AAD), Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Army Service Corps (ASC), Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), and Intelligence Corps in addition to the existing streams of Judge and Advocate General (JAG) and Army Educational Corps (AEC).
The decision came after the Supreme Court in February ordered the Army this year to grant permanent commission to women officers within three months. The Indian Army had then stated that all women officers serving in the force would be considered for permanent commission.