Following Indian Army’s decision to induct women as soldiers into the Military Police for the first time ever, Sikkim is all set to welcome women from the region at the position of soldiers into the same from July. The recruitment rally for the North-Eastern region and Kolkata Zone will be conducted by Headquarter Recruiting Zone, Shillong (North East).

“A large number of vacancies have been released by the Army Headquarters. A total of 87 girls have already submitted their applications online,” Col (Rtd) DN Bhutia, Secretary Rajya Sainik Board, said in Gangtok on June 19. The last date for applying for the posts was June 8 earlier, but on request of Rajya Sainik Board, it has been extended till June 30.

Girls applying for the post have to mandatorily do online registration and application without which the desirous candidates will not be able to participate in the rally. Women candidates will have to generate their admit cards after June 8 and bring the printout of the admit card for participation during the rally.

“Girls, who have passed class 10 with 45 percent aggregate marks, born between October 1, 1998, and April 1, 2002, and of 142 cms height, are expected to come forward and take the wonderful opportunity,” Col. Bhutia said.

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In April this year, Indian army started online registrations and also put out an advertisement for recruitment in the Corps of Military Police stating the fact that for the first time women will also get a chance to be inducted in Military Police. Women will form 20% of the total strength of the Corps of Military Police. They will majorly focus on probing crime cases and assisting the army in field operations wherever required.

The Indian Army has chalked out a plan to induct around 800 women personnel in total in the Corps of Military Police breaking it down to 52 personnel every year.

“Girls, who have passed class 10 with 45 percent aggregate marks, born between October 1, 1998, and April 1, 2002, and of 142 cms height, are expected to come forward and take the wonderful opportunity,”

“The project was first mooted by Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat soon after he took charge of the force,” Army officers said, News 18 reported. In March last year, Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had said the process to allow women in a combat role, currently, an exclusive domain of men was moving fast and initially, women will be recruited for positions in Military Police.

The army chief felt it was necessary to include women in the CMP to tackle matters of gender-specific crimes and allegations. He had said it earlier that increasing gender-specific crime requires the inclusion of women in CMP. Calling it a good idea, he said that they need to examine it in detail for its proper execution. He has also mentioned that the youth should join the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to begin with.

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