The Union Ministry of Defence has taken steps to ensure permanent commission to women officers in the Indian Armed Forces, implementing the announcement made regarding the same by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15, 2018.
1. In addition to education, law, and naval constructor branch and cadre, women SSC officers have been made eligible for grant of Permanent Commission in the Naval Armament branch, at par with the male officers.
2. The Indian Navy will start inducting women in all branches, once the training ships are in place.
3. All non sea going branches, cadre or specialization have been opened for the induction of women officers through short service commission.
4. The proposal for induction of three new training ships for the Indian Navy is currently underway. This will provide the requisite infrastructure for training of both men and women officers.
Hence, besides the existing two streams of Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Army Education Corps, the permanent commission will now be granted to women officers in signals, engineers, army aviation, army air defense, electronics and mechanical engineers, army service corps, army ordnance corps, and Intelligence.
The SSC women officers will have to give their option for permanent commission before completion of four years of commissioned service and then they will be able to exercise the option for grant of permanent commission and their choice of specialization.