Permanent Commission for Women in Army Approved
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July 26, 2020

Permanent Commission for Women in Army Approved

Ministry of defence has finally issued the formal sanction letter for granting permanent commission (PC) to women officers in eight more branches of the Army, in accordance with the Supreme Court directive in February, which will "empower them to shoulder larger roles". After this order, now women officers, who have joined the Indian Army through Short Service Commission (SSC), are entitled to a permanent commission.



The order specifies grant of PC to SSC women officers in 10 streams --- 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 army said in statement.

The Supreme Court in February ruled that women should be considered for command roles and that all women officers are entitled to permanent commission. It asked the army to give them permanent commission within three months in a major boost to gender parity.

Women number just over 1,600 in the 43,000-strong officer cadre in the Army. The military brass for long opposed PC and command roles for women due to "operational, practical and cultural problems" but had to relent after the court directive to end gender bias in the force.