Proud Moment: The first batch of “100 Women Military Police Soldiers” are set to join the Indian Army as Lance Naiks this May, 2021 Currently they are undergoing final few weeks of their 61 Weeks rigorous Military training at Corps of Military Police (CMP) at Bengaluru. For a group of 100 young Indian women who are set to be inducted into the Indian Army in May as the country’s first Military Police Women, exceptionalism is the rule.
Between 19 and 22 years of age, this batch comprises the top 100 selectees out of two lakh applicants across the country, explained Lt-Colonel Julee, who is in charge of the training of the cadets. According to information from the Army, 21 are graduates with college degrees and 51 have experience in the military system, having been members of the National Cadet Corps (NCC). A high SSLC percentile cutoff of 86% means that only the top scorers could be considered for the first batch, even if they only qualified for the “enlisted ranks.” However, the Army said that its CDS exam which is the pathway to an officers’ commission is open to the women.