The Indian army has inducted its first batch of 83 women soldiers from the Corps of Military Police Centre and School on Saturday.
A batch of 83 women soldiers was inducted into the Indian Army at the Dronacharya Parade Ground in Bengaluru on May 8, 2021. The Army had arranged for a low-key event following the COVID-19 guidelines strictly. They held an attestation parade for the first batch of women soldiers.
First Batch of Women Soldiers
The drill carried out by the batch was complimented by the Commandant of the CMP Centre and School. The Commandant also reviewed their parade and congratulated them on completing the intense training. This training had lasted for 61 weeks at the Corps of Military Police Centre and School.
The training included several things like basic military training and provost training that includes all the forms of policing duties and management of prisoners of war. The women soldiers were also taught to perform ceremonial duties and skill development to include driving and maintenance of all vehicles and signal communications.
The Commandant expressed his confidence in the training imparted to the soldiers. He also firmly believes that this will help them prove to be a force multiplier at their new units, located across varied terrain and operational conditions in the country.
The Indian Army is planning to recruit 800 women with a yearly intake of 52 women. They would serve as personnel below officer rank. At the moment, cumulatively counting the Army, Navy and Air Force, there are more than 9000 women in defence.
The Army has also announced that women would be inducted into its aviation wing. Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane on Tuesday said that his proposal to recruit women in the Army Aviation Corps will be initiated from July this year with officers undergoing a pilot training course.