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The defence ministry has issued formal sanction letter for grant of permanent commission to women officers in the Indian Army, paving the way for empowering women officers to shoulder larger roles in the organisation.

The order specifies grant of permanent commission to short service commissioned (SSC) women officers in all 10 streams of the Indian Army – Army Air Defence (AAD), Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Army Service Corps (ASC), Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), and Intelligence Corps in addition to the existing streams of Judge and Advocate General (JAG) and Army Educational Corps (AEC).

In anticipation, the army headquarters had set in motion a series of preparatory actions for conduct of the permanent commission selection board for affected women officers.

The selection board will be scheduled as soon as all affected SSC women officers exercise their option and complete requisite documentation.

“The Indian Army is committed to provide equal opportunities to all personnel including women officers to serve the nation,” said a statement issued on July 23.

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