Thursday, 7 July, 2022
TopicWomen in Army

Topic: Women in Army

‘Golden Letter Day’: Captain Abhilasha Barak becomes Army’s 1st woman combat pilot

Indian Army so far did not have women officers in the flying branch, unlike the Indian Air Force and the Navy.

As a woman, I never felt out of place in NDA. But there is still much to be achieved

The desire for instant change may seem natural, but the NDA must be given time to make the environment more receptive for incoming young women.

Women in armed forces in focus, Army, Navy & IAF chiefs to review NDA infra for female cadets

Visit of service chief will come at a time SC orders allowing women to sit for NDA's entrance exam. As of February this year, 9,118 women officers were serving in Army, Navy & Air Force.

‘Mindset not changing’: SC passes interim order allowing women to sit for NDA exam

The court says NDA’s admission policy is based on 'gender discrimination', adds the Navy and Air Force have been more forthcoming and liberal.

SC cleared way for permanent commission but women must measure up for their armed forces role

The military is a merit-driven organisation and women will have to compete to rise in ranks in a pyramidal set-up.

Army to have women pilots in frontline operational units by next year, says chief Naravane

Army chief General M.M. Naravane says women officers will undergo pilot training beginning July, & after a year of training they will serve in frontline operational units for flying duties.

Army begins process to recruit second batch of 100 women soldiers for military police

Army intends to induct 1,700 women recruits in the military police by 2036, increasing the percentage of women in the cadre to 20 over 17 years.

Govt showing no will to comply with SC verdict on permanent commission — women Army officers

Objections were raised against the government’s move to make Battle Physical Efficiency Test mandatory for all women officers, including those above 35, who were earlier exempt from it. 

Women won the case in Supreme Court, but Army and MoD have not entered 2020 yet

When the Army says ‘male soldiers not ready to accept orders from female officers’, it ignores the basic tenet of military functioning – an order is an order.

On Camera


Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting an Army insignia on his glove during the India-South Africa

MS Dhoni is the rainbow of Indian cricket, a cult figure who inspires youth across nation

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s honest self-assessment always put the interests of Indian cricket ahead of any desire to build a ‘legacy’ for himself.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Nepali Gorkhas to be recruited in Indian Army through Agnipath scheme, here is how

Similar to terms for Indian soldiers, the Nepalis would be inducted for 4 years, after which only 25 per cent would be retained.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.