NEW DELHI: Shattering one more glass ceiling within the overwhelmingly male-dominated armed forces, the first-ever batch of 83 girls jawans have now been inducted into the Corps of Navy Police (CMP) within the 13-lakh robust Military.
The attestation parade of the 83 girls troopers was held on the CMP Centre & Faculty at Bengaluru on Saturday after they underwent 61 weeks of intensive fundamental army and provost coaching, which included all types of policing duties and administration of prisoners of battle, ceremonial duties, talent improvement and sign communications.
Reviewing the parade, CMP Centre commandant Brigadier C Dayalan expressed his confidence that the coaching imparted to the ladies troopers, together with the requirements they achieved, would maintain them in good stead. They are going to show to be force-multipliers at their new models situated throughout diversified terrains and operational situations within the nation, he mentioned.
Military spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand, in flip, mentioned the pressure plans to induct 1,700 girls within the PBOR (personnel beneath officer rank) class within the CMP in a phased method over the subsequent 16-17 years.
The Military, Navy and IAF, which collectively quantity over 15-lakh, have until now inducted girls solely as officers, and that too in small numbers. A number of branches have been progressively opened for ladies lately, with the IAF now even having 10 girls fighter pilots.
The Navy additionally earlier this yr deployed 4 girls officers onboard its warships after a niche of round 23 years. However girls are nonetheless not allowed to serve on board submarines or be part of “combating arms” within the Military like infantry, armoured corps and artillery.
Officers say recruitment of ladies as troopers (basic responsibility) within the CMP is a path-breaking step, with the Military additionally planning to deploy girls troopers for crowd management and frisking of ladies protestors in militancy-hit areas like Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast.
Furthermore, the CMP girls may also assist in investigation of legal instances like rapes and molestation in addition to in preserving good order and self-discipline in army formations.