New Delhi: Induction of the first batch of Indian women fighters has been approved by the Defence Ministry. The first batch will commence in a span of seven months, under which women will have to undergo stringent training process. This move has now given a chance to explore new career opportunities and passions for women in this field.
The Indian women combat pilots will take the cockpits of the frontline fighter jets of the Air Force in June 2017. The first women fighter pilots will be selected from the present batch after rigorous selection procedure. Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar recently tweeted the historic news, “Ministry of Defence approves induction of women into fighter stream.” By inducting these fighter women pilots, Indian Air Force (IAF) will become the first of the three sevices to have fighters in the fronline with women in it. On the 83rd Air Force Day, Arup Raha, Air Chief Marshal, had announced this news that will change the history of this prestigious country in the Defence service.
The minister also said, “This progressive step is in keeping with the aspirations of Indian women and is in line with contemporary trends in armed forces of developed nations.”
With 1,500 women in the Air Force, 94 pilots and 14 navigators, services were limited to the posts of helicopter pilots and transport personnel in the IAF. Women were not exposed to direct combat. By including women in the frontline, they have opened new avenues by making them eligible for induction in all branches and streams of the IAF.
Five years ago, the women in the defence services were entitled a small period of service. Things have rather changed now. Women in Army and Air Forcewere allowed a full term service after the order passed by the Delhi court in 2010. The court passed the order by saying women officers “deserve better from the government.”
Following the trend, women naval officers were also entitled with full term service last month. In a statement the High Court said that they will “frown upon any endeavor to block progress of women.”
The officials said the induction of women in Armed Forces, both permanent commission and short service commission (PC and SSC) will be reviewed comprehensively. Once finalised more branches will open initiating a new venture.