The Indian Army Takes The Big Step Forward Of Recruiting Women As Jawans

Suruchi Patwary , 25 Apr 2019
NCC Cadets By Rudra Narayan Mitra | www.shutterstock.com
NCC Cadets By Rudra Narayan Mitra | www.shutterstock.com

As per the data provided by the government, it is clear how women make up to such a tiny percentage of the Air Force, the Army, and the Navy. The Air Force has just 13.09 per cent of its workforce as women, 3.80 per cent in the Army and 6 per cent in the Navy. But this won’t be the case for too long now!

The Details

The Indian Army has initiated the process of inducting female soldiers, which is a big leap for the nation and its forces. This happened on Thursday, and as per the Economic Times, this is the first time ever that women will be recruited as jawans. Don’t be confused, as before this there only used to be women officers in the army, but no female jawans.

The Army officers gave out more information about the recruitment—how, when and where it will happen. Here’s what they said:

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.

The online registration for this will start on 25th April and end on 8th June.

The Indian Army also put out an ad for women to join the military forces and it soon spread like wildfire on Twitter, with people from all over the country appreciating the move!

From now on, female jawans will be recruited in a graded manner, and the plan is leading this to form 20 per cent of the total corps eventually in the Indian Army. As of now, the female jawans’ roles will be assisting the army in the field operations and investigating criminal cases.

The Reaction

The nation cannot stop talking about this much-awaited step that speaks volumes about women empowerment and inclusivity, especially in today’s world and age where a lot of people still believe women aren’t a good fit for fields like these. We’re all in support of this thoughtful decision and cannot wait to hear more stories that will restore our hopes in the areas like this one.

What are your thoughts on women finally being allowed to be inducted as jawans in the Indian Army? Do tell us in the comments below.

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