Army incorporates women as soldiers for the first time, breaking another glass ceiling | India News
NEW DELHI: Breaking another glass ceiling in the predominantly male-dominated armed forces, the first group of 83 Jawan women has now been included in the Military Police Corps (CMP) at the 13 lakh fort army.
The 83 attestation parade female soldiers was held at the CMP Center & School in Bengaluru on Saturday after they underwent 61 weeks of Provost and Intensive Basic Military Training, which included all forms of police duties and POW management, ceremonial duties, development skills and signal communications.
Reviewing the parade, CMP Center Commander Brigadier C Dayalan expressed confidence that the training given to the female soldiers, along with the standards they achieved, would keep them in a good position. They will prove to be force multipliers in their new units located in various terrain and operating conditions in the country, he said.
Army spokesman Colonel Aman Anand, in turn, said that the force plans to incorporate 1,700 women in the PBOR category (personnel below the rank of officer) in the CMP in a phased manner over the next 16-17 years.
The army, Navy and the IAF, which together number more than 15 lakh, have so far recruited women only as officers, and that too in small numbers. In recent years, several branches have been gradually opened for women, IAF now even counting 10 female fighter pilots.
The Navy also deployed four female officers aboard its warships earlier this year after a gap of around 23 years. But women still cannot serve aboard submarines or join “combat weapons” in the Army such as infantry, armored corps, and artillery.
Officials say the recruitment of women as soldiers (general service) in the CMP is an innovative step, and the Army also plans to deploy female soldiers for crowd control and pat-down of female protesters in militancy-hit areas like Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast. .
In addition, the women of the CMP will also assist in the investigation of criminal cases such as rape and sexual harassment, as well as in the preservation of order and discipline in military formations.