New Delhi: After the armed forces granted
permanent commissions to women officers in some of their
branches, Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday said more streams
would be opened up for them.
"At a meeting with service chiefs, I told them to open
up more. Now, they are processing the possibility of opening
up more streams in the three services for the lady officers...
Next step will be that more streams will be opened up for the
lady officers in the armed forces," Antony told reporters
after meeting a team of women mountaineers of Indian Air Force
Two years ago, the Armed Forces had decided to grant
permanent commission to women officers in some of their
branches including legal, education and accounts.
The Defence Minister said "the momentum will gather in
the years to come but the things are moving (towards allowing
women in more branches)".
The induction of women into the Armed Forces started in
early 90s as Short Service Commission (SSC) Officers and they
constitute less than 10 percent of the officer cadre in
At present, women are not allowed to serve in combat
divisions like infantry, artillery or armoured corps and serve
onboard operational warships or fly fighter jets. IAF has over
50 woman helicopter and transport aircraft pilots.
In the Army, women are allowed to serve and handle
weapons systems in the Air Defence Corps which is considered a
support arm for the troops in the combat role.