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Recruitment and granting of Permanent Commission to women officers



ANSWERED ON-08.05.2013

Recruitment and granting of Permanent Commission to women officers


(a) whether it is a fact that army will recruit more than 200 women and grant them Permanent Commission in various branches;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether it is also a fact that this will end the grievances of women officers who have to quit the army after 15 years of service as Short Service Commission Officers; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?



(a) to (d): Women are inducted as Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) alongwith men SSCOs in Army with a tenure of upto 14 years within the overall authorized strength of the officers’ cadre. Recruitment of officers including Women Officers is a continuous and an ongoing process. Women SSCOs are presently eligible for grant of permanent commission in select Branches in terms of Government letter dated 11th November, 2011 (copy enclosed).
Besides, matter regarding grant of permanent commission to women officers in Army is pending before the Supreme Court.

No. 671/2009-D(AG) 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Deptt. of Defence
New Delhi, Dated the 1lth November, 2011

The Chief of Army Staff,
The Chief of Navy Staff,
The Chief of Air Force Staff,

Subject: Policy on induction and employment of Women in Armed Forces — reg.


I am directed to say that the Government, in June, 2010 had requested the COSC to prepare a comprehensive policy paper on induction of women in the Armed Forces. Accordingly, a High Level Tr-Services Committee was constituted by the Chairman, COSC for the purpose. The policy paper prepared by the High Level Committee, duly approved by the COSC has been submitted to the Ministry in August, 2011. The policy paper has been considered keeping in view the role and responsibility of the Armed Forces in defending the nation and protecting the territorial integrity of the country. Based thereon, the President is pleased to sanction the future policy for induction of women officers in the Armed Forces as elaborated below:
(i) Induction of Women – Women officers may continue to be inducted as SSC officers in Branches / Cadres where they are being, inducted presently in the three Services (Annexure).
(ii) Grant of Permanent Commission – Women SSCOs will be eligible for consideration for grant of permanent Commission alongwith Men SSCOs in specific Branches in the three Services as specified in Ministry of Defence letter No. 12(1)2004-D(AG) Pt-II dated 26’h September 2008 viz Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Army Education Corps of Army and their corresponding branches in Navy and Air Force; Naval constructor in Navy and Accounts branch in Air Force. Grant of PC will be solely based on Service specific requirements.
(iii) In addition to the above, in the Air Force, women SSCOs will be eligible along with men SSCOs, for consideration for grant of Permanent Commission in Technical, Administration, Logistics and Meteorology branches.
(iv) Uniform Qualitative Requirements (QRs) will be applicable to men and women SSCOs and consideration for grant of permanent commission (to both men and women SSCOs) in the three services will be subject to service requirements, vacancies, suitability, merit and willingness as decided by each Service.
2. Respective Service Headquarters will issue appropriate administrative instructions on induction of women officers including the extent of induction, so as to ensure that fighting efficiency, combat effectiveness and functionality of the Armed Forces are maintained.
(Naveen Kumar) 
Director (AG)
Women officers may continue to be inducted as SSC officers in following Branches / Cadres of the three Services Army, Navy and Air Force:


1.  Signals;
2.  Engineers;
3. Army Aviation,
4. Army Air Defence;
5. Electronics & Mechanical Engineers;
6. Army Service Corps;
7. Army Ordnance Corps;
8. Intelligence;
9. Army Education Corps;
10. Judge Advocate General


1. JAG;
2. Logistics;
3. Observer;
4. Air Traffic Controller;
5. Naval Constructor;
6. Education;

Air Force: 

In all branches and Streams except Fighter Stream of flying branch.
No.12(1)/2004-D(AG). Pt.II
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi, the 26th September, 2008
The Chief of Army Staff,
The Chief of Naval Staff,
The Chief of Air Staff,

Subject:- Permanent Commission to SSC Women Officers

I am directed to convey the sanction of the President to offer Permanent Commission prospectively to Short Service, Commission (Women) Officers to be inducted in Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department and Army Education Corps (AEC) of Army and their corresponding Branch/Cadre in Navy and Air Force, Accounts Branch of the Air Force and Naval Constructor of the Navy in addition to current provisions for grant of PC to SSC (Men) Officers.
2. Suitable administrative instructions in this regard will be issued by respective Service HQs.
3. This issues with the concurrence of MoD (Fin) vide their UO. No. 552/AG/PA dated 26.9.2008.
(S.C. Barmma) 
Director (AG)
Source: Rajyasabha.nic.in qref=192733
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