• Srijani Purkait

Indian Army selects 300 women for Permanent Service Commission


Three hundred out of almost six hundred fifteen women make the cut for Army Permanent Commission. These women have made the grade in the first ever special selection board held for them in the thirteen lakh strong force.

Last Thursday the Army declassified the results of the 'Special No. 5 Selection Board' constituted to screen short service commission women officers. The women who would not be selected, included those who did not opt for permanent commission as well as the ones who failed to meet the selection criteria and pass the medical test. They will retire after the completion of two decades of service making them eligible for the pension.

The screening of women officers for permanent commission had begun in September, who could be granted permanent commission in ten branches, according to the directory by the Supreme Court to end gender bias. The bench of special board for the screening interview was headed by a Lt- General including a woman officer of the Brigadier rank. Women officers were also permitted to witness proceedings as observers in order to add transparency to the entire process.

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