Army Invites Women To Join Military Police For The First Time

NEW DELHI

For the first time in history, Indian Army put out a notification to recruit women as soldiers into the Military Police.

This historic decision was given final approval by the Ministry of Defence in January, earlier this year.

The online registration of the recruitment started today.

Women will be inducted in a graded manner to eventually comprise 20 per cent of total Corps of Military Police and their role will range from probing crime cases to assisting the army in field operations wherever required.

Accordingly, the Army chalked out induction of approximately 800 women in Military Police with a yearly intake of 52 personnel per year.

Online registration for the post of ‘soldier general duty (women military police)’ started on Thursday and the last date is June 8.

“Online registration will start today for the recruitment of women as jawans and the last date for it is June 8. The project was first mooted by Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat soon after he took charge of the force,” Army officers said. Last year, Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had said the process to allow

women in a combat role, currently, an exclusive domain of men was moving fast and initially, women will be recruited for positions in Military Police.

Inducting women in combat roles came up in 2015 after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government has taken a “historic” decision to induct women in the Military Police with an aim to enhance their representation in the three services.

The armed forces are also in the process of identifying issues that could be faced in inducting women in combat roles and opening more avenues for them.

According to government data, the Army has 3.80 per cent of its workforce as women, the Air Force has 13.09 per cent and the Navy six per cent.