The Corps of Military Police has become the first in the Indian Army to recruit women in its rank and file. The training of the first batch of 99 Women Military Police commenced on January 6, 2020, as per a report by Times of India. From basic military training to advanced provost training, the women will be trained for a span of 61 weeks at the Corps of Military Police Centre and School, Bengaluru.

An official of the Defence Ministry stated that a total of 1700 women military police will be inducted over a period of 17 years. The first-ever batch of non-medical women cadets in the Indian Army came up in 1992. At present, women in the Army work only in engineering, medical, legal, signals, and educational wings. But with the initiative of The CMP, the Indian Army is taking a step forward towards an inclusive defence force.

KEY TAKEAWAYS: 

  • Indian Army is all set to recruit its first-ever batch of women in officer post
  • The training of the 99 women began on January 6, 2020
  • It is a 61-week training program for basic military training to the advanced provost training
  • A total of 1700 women military police will be inducted over a period of 17 years

The trainees will start to deliver their services in 2021 after a rigorous training procedure. The one of its kind school in Bengaluru has made sure that adequate training and administrative infrastructure is established.

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The Training Arrangement

The trainees will start to deliver their services in 2021 after a rigorous training procedure. The one of its kind school in Bengaluru has made sure that adequate training and administrative infrastructure is established. The Defence Ministry stated that due diligence has been attributed while developing administrative infrastructure for women recruits’ accommodation based on interactions with the Officers Training Academy in Chennai, Assam Rifles and National Cadet Corps and the Officers Training Academy in Gwalior where presently training of women soldiers is being imparted.

The Duties of CPM

Identifiable by their red berets, white lanyards, and belts, black brassards with MP printed in red, the CPM performs a variety of duties. From specific duties like handling Prisoners of War (POW), controlling stragglers and refugees during the war, assisting other regiments, provision of close protection to the Chief of Army Staff to general policing, investigation and maintenance of law and order, the police force is responsible for a wide range of tasks.

The women soldiers will be following the same terms and conditions as their male counterparts. After training, the female military police force will perform duties akin to what the male military personnel performs.

A Step Towards Equality

The women soldiers will follow the same terms and conditions as their male counterparts. After training, the female military police force will perform duties akin to what the male military personnel performs. Besides being employed on mandatory operational and peacetime duties, the women’s military police would be extremely beneficial for investigating gender-specific crimes. By making women prevalent in the police force, the Indian Army not only propagates the message of equality to the masses but also ensures that the women in the country feel secure. Moreover, these women will be a source of inspiration for numerous other girls who are aspiring to serve the country.

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Saavriti is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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