Govt to allow women Army officers to command certain battalions

In a major step to increase role of women in armed forces, the NDA government is going to allow lady officers to command battalions in Army`s branches such as aviation, engineers and signal.

No combat role for woman officers in near future: Army Chief

Citing the "vagaries" of battlefield, Army Chief Bikram Singh on Monday ruled out women officers getting into combat zones in the near future.

IAF chief suggests women can`t be given combat role

Air Chief Marshal PV Naik appeared to suggest that women could not be given combat role
in armed forces in the near future considering the specific
"sensitivities" in India and said the issue needs to be
discussed further.

Combat role in Afghanistan could pass 2014: NATO

NATO`s Mark Sedwill said the end of 2014 was not a deadline.