New Delhi, January 1 (IANS): The Ministry of Defense ensured the empowerment of women in the armed forces in 2021 with a standing committee of women officers in the military.
It all started when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in his Independence Day speech on August 15 that all Sainik schools in India would now be open to girls.
As a result, all Sainik schools now offer admissions for girls and over 350 girls have been admitted to date.
By strengthening the representation of women, the Border Roads Organization appointed women officers to command major road construction companies (RCCs) along the border areas. In April 2021, EE (Civil) Vaishali S. Hiwase, an officer of GREF, took over the reins of 83 Road Construction Company and was employed on a major Indochinese road connecting Munisairi-Bughdiar-Milam.
The government has now allowed girls across the country to sit for the National Defense Academy exam. The necessary administrative training and policy changes have been made and the June 2022 NDA course will have the first batch of female cadets.
The first group of female naval operations officers were inducted into the rotary wing and joined INAS 336 helicopter squadron at INS Garuda, Kochi, on February 3, with Lt. Kumudini Tyagi and Lt. Riti Singh operating at aboard warships as a combat crew.
In 2021, 39 female army officers won a standing commission after winning a legal battle in the Supreme Court.
A permanent commission means a career in the military until retirement, while the short service commission lasts for 10 years, with the option to leave or opt for the permanent commission after 10 years. If an officer does not get a standing commission, the officer can choose a four-year extension.