Women power: PM Modi announces Permanent Commission for Short Service Commissioned women in Armed Forces

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New Delhi: Addressing the nation on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Short Service Commissioned women in the Armed Forces will be given Permanent Commission. Presently, women are inducted into the services through the Short Service Commission (SSC) and given permanent commission only in a few branches. “Women officers commissioned in short service will get the opportunity for a permanent commission like their male counterparts,” PM Modi said during his speech from the Red Fort.The announcement comes as a big boost for women power in the armed forces. Presently, women are recruited in the Army as officers through short service commission. At the moment, women in the Indian Army are eligible for Permanent Commission only in select branches such as the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department and in Army Education Corps (AEC) of Army.Most recently, the Indian Air Force pioneered the entry of women officers as fighter pilots. In the Indian Navy, women officers are presently inducted through SSC in branches such as- Logistics, Law, Observers, Air Traffic Control (ATC), Pilots (Maritime Reconnaissance Stream), Naval Armament Inspectorate cadre (NAIC), Naval Architecture and Education Branch.In March 2016, the government approved induction of women SSC officers as pilots in the Maritime Reconnaissance.