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Army selects 422 women officers for permanent commission

According to the results of the selection board, 57 women officers who were found fit for permanent commission have opted not to take it. Sixty-eight women officers who have not been granted permanent commission will now be released from service with pension.

Updated 20th November 2020 | 09:24 IST

OUT OF the 615 women officers considered for permanent commission within the Army, 422 are found fit, consistent with results of a special selection board released by the military on Thursday.

The Army had constituted Number 5 Selection Board, whose proceedings were held from September 14 to 25, to screen short service commissioned women officers for permanent commission. This was done following an order of the Supreme Court in February, which directed the military to induct all eligible women short service commissioned officers in permanent commission.

The five-member board included a lady Brigadier from the Military Medical Corps.

According to the results of the choice board, 57 women officers who were found fit permanent commission have opted to not take it. Sixty-eight women officers who haven’t been granted permanent commission will now be released from service with pension.

A total of 106 officers who haven’t been recommended for permanent commission are going to be allowed to serve till 20 years of service to earn a pension then released from service.

A total of 42 officers have had their candidature postponed because they’re during a temporary low medical category and are given time. The results of six officers have been withheld thanks to non-receipt of requisite medical documents while the results of 40 officers have been withheld on administrative grounds.

There also are a variety of girls officers who haven’t been granted a permanent commission and can be released from service within the near future after completing the terms of their engagement under short service commission.

The women officers who are selected for permanent commission belong to branches like Engineers, Signals, Intelligence Corps, Army Air Defence, Army Aviation Corps, Army Ordnance Corps, Army Service Corps and Corps of Electronics and engineering. There are approximately 1,653 women officers serving within the Army currently out of a complete of nearly 43,000 officers.

With permanent commission being granted to women officers in these branches, they might now be eligible for promotion to higher ranks. However, there’s still ambiguity on whether or not they are going to be offered commands of units and regiments as many that are senior in age and repair haven’t been ready to do essential courses as they weren’t hospitable them as short service commissioned officers.

Induction of girls officers started within the Army in 1992 in select non-combat branches. In 2008, the then government extended permanent commission to women officers within the Judge Advocate General’s Branch and military Education Corps.

In 2010, the Delhi supreme court awarded permanent commission to women officers altogether branches during which they were serving at the time. the govt appealed against this verdict within the Supreme Court, which finally upheld the supreme court order in February this year.

The present government extended permanent commission to women officers in March 2019 but this offer wasn’t implemented retrospectively.

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