August 29, 2007
The women offices are appointed both in Short Service and Permanent Commissions in the Medical, Nursing and Dental Services. In these Services, SSC women officers are also eligible for Permanent Commission. The women officers are also appointed as SSC officers in some select branches in the three Defence Forces. They are, however, not eligible for Permanent Commission. Women officers are treated at par with similarly placed male counterparts in terms of recruitment, training, tenure of service, promotion etc.
Writ petitions have been filed by three women officers of Air Force against non-grant of Permanent Commission, extension of Commission. The matter is subjudice. Similarly, one retired women officer of Navy has lodged a complaint for the same.
The number of serving women officers in the three Services of Defence Forces and their percentage to the total strength is as follows:-
The number of women officer who left the three service during the last three years is 141, 37 and 111 in Army, Navy and Air Force respectively.
Several steps have been taken by the three Services to attract more women to join Armed Forces. All officers including Women Short Service Commission (SSC) officers are now eligible to hold substantive rank of Captain, Major and Lt Col after 2, 6 and 13 years of reckonable service respectively. Government has also issued orders extending the tenure of SSC officers including women officers from 10 years to 14 years. The number of posts Arm/Service/Branch tenable by women officers are being constantly reviewed.
This information was given by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Smt Jyotirmoyee Sikdar and others in Lok Sabha today.
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