Women officers to soon command army units: Rajnath Singh

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said women officers will soon command army units and battalions following being accepted for permanent commission (PC). The opportunity to command battalions forms part of natural career progression for women officers after the army began granting them PC following a Supreme Court ruling last year.

Singh’s comments came during his address at a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation webinar on Role of Women in the Armed Forces.

“Our approach to the induction of women in the police, central police, paramilitary and armed forces has been progressive. We have taken the evolutionary path of moving from support to combat support and thereafter to combat arms within the armed forces,” Singh said.