Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took one of the most historic decisions in January 2019. She said that the army was all set to induct women as jawans in the Corps of Military Police. However, after three months of Defence Minister’s decision, the Army issued a formal advertisement on 25th April, calling for women to join as Soldier General Duty.
Indian army for the first time kicked started the process to recruit women as soldiers into the Military Police. They have started an online registration and also put out an advertisement for recruitment in the Corps of Military Police.
However, in a graded manner, there will be 20 percent of women soldiers in the total Corps of Military Police. It is said that their role will range from investigating crime cases to assisting the army in field operations wherever required.
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Historic Move by the Indian army
A lawyer and military expert Navdeep Singh said “Till now, women were being recruited in the Indian Army in officer ranks. Therefore, the Army first inducted women in 1994. After that, more than two decades have passed and there was no further entry at any other level. This is the first time women are joining as jawans,” Navdeep Singh told The Quint.
Additionally, he said that the government or the Army is nowhere close to recruiting more women and more branches. Therefore, it is likely that this is an experiment. The armed forces are also in the process of identifying issues that could be faced in inducting women in combat roles. He also added that the official advertisement was a historic step that would open more avenues for women in the army.
Women Officers to Get Permanent Commission in All 10 Branches of the Indian Army
In another notification, the Ministry on 5th March said that it has taken steps to ensure implementation of permanent commissioning of women officers in the armed forces. This was an announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech.
Therefore, the Women officers will be granted permanent commission in the Indian Army in “all the ten branches” where women are inducted for the Short Service Commission.
To improve representation of women in our armed forces Smt @nsitharaman takes a historic decision to induct women for the first time in PBOR role in Corps of Military Police 1/2 pic.twitter.com/PmEVEZ9h03
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) January 18, 2019