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Army begins process to grant permanent commission to women officers

Proceedings to screen women officers to grant them Permanent Commission (PC) in the Indian Army has commenced at the Special No 5 Selection Board.

The specially constituted board, headed by a senior general officer, and which includes a woman officer of the rank of brigadier, started its screening process at the army headquarters on September 14.

In order to make the proceedings transparent, women officers have been permitted to witness the proceedings as observers, Indian Army spokesperson Col Aman Anand said.

Those women officers who qualify in the screening process will be granted Permanent Commission. This, however, will be subject to them clearing the medical requirements, he added.

In July, the government had issued a formal sanction letter for grant of PC to women officers in the Indian Army, paving the way for women officers to get larger roles in the organization.

The order specified the grant of PC to Short Service Commissioned (SSC) Women Officers in all ten streams of the Indian Army.

According to the order, the 10 streams include — Signals, and Intelligence Corps, Army Air Defence (AAD), Engineers, Army Service Corps (ASC), Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), Army Aviation, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME). These are in addition to the existing streams of Judge and Advocate General (JAG) and Army Educational Corps (AEC).


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