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Indian army launches recruitment drive for first batch of women soldiers

The first batch of women soldiers will be inducted for non-combat roles into the Corps of Military Police. 

Sep 13, 2019 12:02 IST
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Indian Army to induct women soldiers

Indian Army has launched the recruitment drive for the first batch of women soldiers. The women soldiers will be inducted for non-combat roles into the Corps of Military Police with posts across various cantonments.

The women soldiers will be selected from among the thousands of volunteers who had applied for the post from across the nation. The selection process is underway currently. The training of the selected 100 women soldiers is scheduled to begin from December 2019 in Bengaluru.

The duration of training of the women soldiers will be 61 weeks, same as the training period of the male soldiers. The training will not be gender-biased and will be conducted with the spirit that they are ‘soldiers first’.

After the first batch of 100 women soldiers is finalized, the process will be followed up every year. So, a batch of 100 women soldiers will be inducted annually till the total women cadre strength goes up to 1700.

The women soldiers will be trained by women instructors, who will be selected through an interview process. According to Colonel Commandant of the Military Police, Lt Gen Ashwani who interviewed Lt Col Nandani for the role of the instructor of the first-ever batch of women soldiers, the first set of instructors is most important, as it will lay down the foundation for generations to come. Besides Lt Col Nandani, there will be more instructors for the first batch of women soldiers.

Currently, women in the Army work only in medical, engineering, legal, signals and educational wings.

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