Navy Gives Permanent Commission to Women
New Delhi: In what is hailed as a veryprogressivestep,sevenwomen officers have been granted permanent commission status in the navy, empowering women officers in the service. “Recognising the importance of providing equal opportunities to women, seven officers from Short Service Commission have been granted Permanent Commission,” read an official statement by the Navy.
The women belong to the education branch a n d N av a l Constructor Cadre, and joined the forces in 2008-09. Along with this, the Navy has also paved the way for additional avenues for employment of women officers.
From 2017, women officers will have the option to join as Pilots of MaritimeReconnaissanceplanes like the Boeing P8I, Dornier, etc. and also in the Naval Armament Inspectorate cadre. A total of eight branches/ cadres will be opened for women officers in the Navy. The battle for permanent status was a long and hard one for three women fromtheNavywhohadmovedthe Apex Court seeking permanent commission. They will now undergo medical tests for completing the procedure for Permanent Commission.
Amongthethreeservices,itwas the Navy which had for the longest resisted the move to give Permanent Commission to its womenofficers. “Womenofficers are allowed to serve up to only 14 years. It is time to review this policy and provide Permanent Commissioninatleastamajority of branches. They have proved themselves enough over the years”, a senior defence official told ET.
This move comes soon after the air force admitted into training its first batch of women fighter pilots. “The Navy is also finalising the policy for women officers to serve on select warships that have appropriate facilities for women, added the statement.
The women belong to the education branch and joined the forces in 2008-09