Perspective: Role of Women in Armed Forces

In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on Role of Women in Armed Forces. Raksha Mantri has said that Government has taken evolutionary path to ensure equal participation of women in Armed Forces. Delivering the inaugural address at SCO webinar on ‘Role of Women in Armed Forces’, on Thursday he said India has taken a number of steps to strengthen the role of women within the security setup in general and the armed forces in particular. Speaking at the same webinar Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat also observed that the distinction between the role of men and women in warfighting is blurring. Indian Army, Air Force and Navy began inducting women as short-service commission (SSC) officers in 1992.This was the first time when women were allowed to join the military outside the medical stream. One of the turning points for women in the military came in 2015 when Indian Air Force decided to induct them into the fighter stream. In 2020, the Supreme Court (SC) ordered the central government to grant permanent commission (PC) to women officers in the Army’s non-combat support units on par with their male counterparts. In March 2021, the Indian Navy deployed four women officers on warships after a gap of 23 years. Two months later in May 2021 Indian Army got its first batch of 83 women soldiers, in the Corps of Military Police. From 2022 women will also be able to join the premier tri-service training institute, the National Defence Academy.

1. Captain Shweta Misra (Retd.), Ex-Army Officer
2. Maj. Gen. Ravi Arora (Retd.), Defence Expert
3. Mayank Singh, Senior Defence Journalist

Anchor: Vishal Dahiya

Producer: Amit Srivastav, Sagheer Ahmad

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