The Indian Army has recently made history by clearing women officers for command roles. This move has opened up many opportunities for women officers in various branches of the army, including the Corps of Engineers, Ordinance, and Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME).
One such officer, Colonel Geeta Rana of the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, has become the first woman officer to take command of an independent field workshop in a remote location in Eastern Ladakh, which is currently facing tensions with China.
This appointment is a significant step towards gender equality and empowerment in the Indian Armed Forces. The Army has cleared 108 vacancies for women officers to take command of independent units, and many women officers have already been posted. More lists are expected to be announced as boards are compiled and results are released.
The women officers who clear the boards will be given command roles, and they could also be considered for future promotions to higher ranks in the force. This move is a testament to the Indian Army’s commitment to gender equality and providing equal opportunities for women officers in the force.
In addition to this, the Army has also started deploying women soldiers in joint exercises with friendly foreign countries and in peacekeeping missions. This move is a clear indication of the Army’s recognition of the role of women in the defense sector and their ability to serve in various capacities.
Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande is a strong advocate for providing all possible opportunities to women officers and soldiers. The Army’s entry of women officers into artillery regiments is also expected to be approved soon, which will further open up opportunities for women officers in the force.
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Overall, the Indian Army’s recent move to clear women officers for command roles is a significant step towards gender equality and empowerment in the defense sector. It is a testament to the Army’s commitment to providing equal opportunities for women officers and recognizing their valuable contributions to the force.