Recruitment of Women in Defence Forces

Women are inducted in the Defence Forces as officers. There is no discernible declining trend in the recruitment of women officers. A number of steps aimed at enhancing recruitment of talented officers (both men and women) in the Armed Forces have been taken. All officers including those in Short Service Commission (SSC) are now eligible to hold substantive rank of Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel after 2, 6 and 13 years of reckonable service respectively. The tenure of women SSC officers has also been increased from 10 to 14 years. The Government have approved grant of Permanent Commission to SSC (Women) officers prospectively in Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department and Army Education Corps (AEC) of Army and their corresponding Branch / Cadre in Navy and Air Force, Accounts Branch of the Air Force and Naval Constructor of the Navy.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Syed Shahnawaz Hussain in Lok Sabha today.


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