About 12 thousand women are working in Indian defence forces

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About twelve thousand women personnel are working in all three wings of Indian defence this information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Ajay Bhatt in a written reply to Smt Vandana Chavan in Rajya Sabha on March .

The MOS Bhatt said that The combat employment philosophy of women in the Armed Forces is a continuously evolving process and is regularly reviewed by them. At present, the women are being commissioned in the Indian Army into ten Arms & Services viz. Corps of Engineers, Corps of Signals, Army Air Defence, Army Service Corps, Army Ordnance Corps, Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Army Aviation Corps, Intelligence Corps, Judge Advocate General Branch, and Army Education Corps in addition to the Armed Forces Medical Services.

The IAF has commissioned 15 women fighter pilots till date and the women officers are now being inducted in all combat roles.

Indian Navy has already deputed 28 women officers on board ships.  Women officers are also deployed in combat roles onboard naval Aircraft/ship-borne helicopters.

The number of women personnel in the Armed Forces is as under:

 

Indian Army:

Arm/Service Strength of Women Officers (excluding Medical/Dental/Nursing officers)
Army Air Defence 82
Corps of Engineers 212
Corps of Signals 243
Army Service Corps 272
Army Ordnance Corps 309
Electronics and Mechanical Engineers 274
Intelligence Corps 82
Army Aviation Corps 29
Army Education Corps 82
Judge Advocate General Branch 120

 

JCOs/OR: Provision for enrolment of women as Other Ranks in Corps of Military Police in the Indian Army has been introduced in 2019.  Under this scheme, 1700 women personnel have been planned to be inducted in a phased manner (approximately 100 per year).  The induction of women has commenced from the year 2020.  A total of 300 vacancies for recruitment of Women Military Police have been released till date.  Status of recruitment is as given below:

 

Recruiting Year Vacancies Released Intake Remarks
2019-20 101 100 Completed training and inducted.
2020-21 99 Recruitment withheld due to COVID-19 restrictions.
2021-22 100

 

Indian Air Force:

 

Branch Stream Strength of Women Officers (excluding Medical/Dental/Nursing officers)
Flying Pilot F 15
Flying Pilot H 53
Flying Pilot T 53
Flying (Navigator) 21
Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) 60
Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) 551
Administration 407
Logistics 150
Accounts 135
Education 95
Meteorological 100

 

Indian Navy:

 

Branch/Cadre/Specialisation Strength of Women Officers (excluding Medical/Dental/Nursing officers)
Executive (Logistics) 134
Executive (Law) 08
Executive (Observers) 73
Executive (Pilot) 10
Executive (ATC) 80
Executive (NAI) 34
Executive (PR) 01
Executive (SP) 01
Education (General Service) 120
Education (Met) 26
Engineering (Naval Constructor) 72

 

Armed Forces Medical Services: Number of women serving in Armed Forces Medical Services are as follows:

 

Service Army Medical Corps

(AMC)

Army Dental Corps (ADC) Military Nursing Service (MNS)
Army 1240 177  

4734

Navy 145 7
Air Force 281 5

 

Indian Army: The details of women officers who have been granted permanent commission in Indian Army are as under:

 

Arm/Service Strength of Women Officers (excluding Medical/Dental/Nursing officers)
Army Air Defence 22
Corps of Engineers 89
Corps of Signals 75
Army Service Corps 118
Army Ordnance Corps 148
Electronics and Mechanical Engineers 97
Intelligence Corps 32
Army Aviation Corps 06
Army Education Corps 76
Judge Advocate General Branch 22

 

Indian Air Force: The details of women officers who have been granted permanent commission in Indian Air Force are as under:

 

Branch Strength of Women Officers (excluding Medical/Dental/Nursing officers)
Flying Pilot – F 00
Flying Pilot – T 04
Flying Pilot – H 09
Flying (Navigator) 02
Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) 06
Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) 79
Administration 133
Logistics 54
Accounts 52
Education 26
Meteorological 16

 

Indian Navy: The details of women officers who have been granted permanent commission and presently serving in Indian Navy are as under:

 

Branch/Cadre/Specialisation Strength of Women Officers (excluding Medical/Dental officers)
Executive (Logistics) 16
Executive (Observers) 04
Education (General Service) 20
Education (Met) 06
Engineering (Naval Constructor) 03

 

Armed Forces Medical Services:

 

Arm/Service Number of Women granted Permanent Commission
AMC 157
ADC 22
MNS 797

 

 

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