NEW DELHI: Shattering but another glass ceiling in the overwhelmingly male-dominated armed forces, the first-ever batch of 83 women jawans have now been inducted into the Corps of Military Police (CMP) in the 13-lakh sturdy Army.
The attestation parade of the 83 women soldiers was held at the CMP Centre & School at Bengaluru on Saturday after they underwent 61 weeks of intensive fundamental navy and provost coaching, which included all types of policing duties and administration of prisoners of struggle, ceremonial duties, talent growth and sign communications.
Reviewing the parade, CMP Centre commandant Brigadier C Dayalan expressed his confidence that the coaching imparted to the women soldiers, together with the requirements they achieved, would maintain them in good stead. They will show to be force-multipliers at their new items positioned throughout diverse terrains and operational situations in the nation, he stated.
Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand, in flip, stated the pressure plans to induct 1,700 women in the PBOR (personnel beneath officer rank) class in the CMP in a phased method over the subsequent 16-17 years.
The Army, Navy and IAF, which collectively quantity over 15-lakh, have until now inducted women solely as officers, and that too in small numbers. Several branches have been progressively opened for women lately, with the IAF now even having 10 women fighter pilots.
The Navy additionally earlier this yr deployed 4 women officers onboard its warships after a niche of round 23 years. But women are nonetheless not allowed to serve on board submarines or be part of “preventing arms” in the Army like infantry, armoured corps and artillery.
Officers say recruitment of women as soldiers (common obligation) in the CMP is a path-breaking step, with the Army additionally planning to deploy women soldiers for crowd management and frisking of women protestors in militancy-hit areas like Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast.
Moreover, the CMP women will even assist in investigation of legal instances like rapes and molestation as effectively as in preserving good order and self-discipline in navy formations.