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Gen Bipin Rawat: Indian Army open to appoint women

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General Rawat: Indian Army open to appoint women
Source: TheIndianExpress

Women cadets will now be first inducted into the military force before considering other options in the armed force for them, said Chief of Army Staff General, Bipin Rawat.

He told media that, “First, we will start with women as military police jawans, will take next step after success”.

“Because many times, when people go to the operation, we have to face the people and many times ladies come in front of us,” he added.

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The announcement was however made a few days back. He said that women will be recruited for positions in military force and the process to allow women in a combat role is ongoing.

However, currently, only selective areas of the Army are open to women seeking employment which includes medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings.

Except for India, countries like Germany, Australia, Canada, the United States, Britain, Denmark, France, Finland, Sweden, Israel, and Norway have already allowed opened the positions for women in the military. After the implementation of this decision, India will also be among these countries.

Last year, Avani Chaturvedi, Mohana Singh, and Bhawana Kanth became the first women fighter pilots, formally commissioned by the Indian Air Force.