In a bid to induct more women in the armed forces, the Indian Army is set to finalise an exclusive Sainik School for girls. The Army Education Corps is already in a mature stage to start the school which will serve as a big boost for girl candidates interested in joining the Armed Forces.
Speaking to TSI, a senior officer shared the development on the condition of anonymity and said, “A proposal has already reached us from the Madhya Pradesh Government to set up an exclusive Sainik School for girls. The state government has offered to provide the needed land in Sagar district.”
There are 25 Sainik Schools and 5 Military Schools which function as the feeder organisations to the three services at the level of officer’s cadre.
The officer further added, “Since the process involves a lot of financial approvals and time, it may take another 3 to 4 years for this school to start functioning as we will first get the land transferred from the state government to the Ministry of Defence, then the infrastructure will be developed. The expenditure will be shared by the State and the Centre.
Currently, the total number of women officers serving in Armed Forces is 5,137. This includes 4,101 in the Indian Army, 784 in the IAF, and 252 in the Indian Navy. These are the permanent commission officers in the Army Medical Corps, the Army Dental Corps and their equivalents in the other two services and also in the Military Nursing Services.
The eligibility for women to join armed forces is graduation. The Sainik School may also impart education up to the graduation level.
Army allows its women officers to serve in supporting arms like the Army Ordinance Corps, Corps of Signals, the Army Service Corps, the Corps of Electronic and Mechanical Engineers.
In the Indian Air Force, women serve in every stream except for the fighter stream and the Indian Navy allows women officers to serve in all the streams other than posting them aboard ships and submarines.
There are many countries where women are inducted into the Armed Forces of their countries but there are only few who have deployed them in their combat arms. The countries inducting women in their armed forces include Finland, Canada, France, Denmark, Switzerland Germany, and Norway.
Britain and Israel allow women to serve in their Artillery roles but they are not allowed to serve in infantry units. The US allows its women combatants in most combat flying positions.