New Delhi: Soon, women officers will be allowed permanent commission in all ten branches of the Army. As of now, they were allowed the same only in Army Education Corps and Judge Advocate General (JAG). (Also read: MoD Okays Induction of Women in Corps of Military Police in Army)

According to a statement by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), “Besides the existing two streams, a permanent commission will be granted in Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Army Air Defence, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Ordnance Corps and Intelligence also to women officers.”

In its statement, the MoD said it had “taken steps to ensure implementation of the announcement made by the Prime Minister on August 15, 2018, regarding grant of permanent commission to women officers in the armed forces.”

The PM had said that women officers recruited under the short service commission in the armed forces will have the option of taking up a permanent commission, which he described as a “gift” to the “brave daughters”.

In the Indian Air Force (IAF), “all branches, including that of fighter pilots, are now open for women officers,” it said.

All short service commission officers in the Navy have been made eligible for permanent commission, it said. “In Indian Navy, all non-sea going branches/cadre/specialisation have been opened for induction of women officers through Short Service Commission. In addition to education, law and naval constructor branch/cadre, women SSC officers have been made eligible for grant of permanent commission in the naval armament branch, at par with male officers,” the statement said.

The proposal for induction of “three new training ships” for the Navy was also underway, the ministry said. Once those are in place, “Indian Navy will start inducting women in all branches,” it said.

“SSC women officers will choose permanent commission before completion of four years of Commissioned Service, and they will exercise this option and their choice of specialisation,” it added. They will be considered for grant of permanent commission “based on suitability, merit etc and will be employed
in various staff appointment,” the statement said.

Under SSC, officers get tenures ranging from five to 14 years of services whereas a permanent commission allows them to serve till the age of retirement.