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Empowering Women: Advancements in Indian Armed Forces



  Nov 06, 2023

Gender Equality in the Indian Armed Forces



Indian Army Initiatives:

Permanent Commission (PC): Expansion of PC for Women Officers in 12 Arms & Services.

National Defence Academy (NDA): Inclusion of women cadets with ongoing batches from July 2022.

Aviation Opportunities: Women Officers serving as pilots in the Army Aviation Corps.

Career Advancement: Consideration of Women Officers for Colonel rank and command appointments.

Enlistment: Introduction of women in Corps of Military Police with a target of 1,700 women.

Indian Navy’s Steps for Inclusion:

Wide Branch Access: Opening all branches for women except Submarine specialization from June 2023.

Warship Appointments: Placement of women officers aboard warships and helicopters.

Remote Piloting: Admission of women officers to the RPA stream.

Diplomatic Roles: Assignment of women officers in overseas diplomatic and cooperative roles.

Increased NDA Vacancies: Rise in NDA vacancies for women from 3 to 12 effective January 2024.

Indian Naval Academy (INA): Eligibility for women through ‘10+2 B.Tech.’ entry scheme from January 2024.

Agniveers Scheme: Integration of women into the Agnipath Scheme from the start.

Indian Air Force (IAF) Measures:

Gender-Neutral Recruitment: Induction of women in all IAF branches and streams.

Combat Roles: Regularization of women officers in combat roles from 2022.

NDA Intake: Six vacancies per course for women cadets in NDA for the next five years.

Promotional Campaigns: ‘DISHA’ cell campaigns to motivate women to join IAF.

Motivational Outreach: Talks by women officers to inspire female students to consider IAF careers.

Infrastructure Upgradation: Modernizing facilities to accommodate the growing number of women personnel.

The Indian Armed Forces are committed to gender equality, ensuring women have equal opportunities to serve and advance in their careers. By opening new avenues and adapting policies for inclusiveness, the Armed Forces demonstrate a progressive and equitable approach to recruitment and career development.

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