Now, girls officers searching for everlasting fee can witness choice board proceedings

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19

Women officers who search everlasting fee within the Army have been permitted to witness the proceedings of the choice board as observers with a purpose to add transparency to the method.

The Special No. 5 Selection Board, constituted to display screen girls military officers for grant of everlasting fee commenced its proceedings at Army Headquarters on September 14, 2020.

The board is headed by a senior normal and features a girl officer of the rank of Brigadier as a member, in line with an official assertion issued at this time. The rank signifies that the girl member is from the medical stream. Grant of everlasting fee is to the aspirants assembly the minimal acceptable medical requirements.

In February this yr, the Supreme Court had dominated that girls officers, who had joined the Army by means of the Short Service Commission (SSC) entry, had been entitled to a everlasting fee simply as their male counterparts had been.

A lot of SSC girls officers had sought judicial intervention to their declare for grant of everlasting fee. While initially girls officers weren’t entitled for everlasting fee and will serve for a most of 14 years, just a few years in the past, everlasting fee was allowed within the Judge Advocate General’s Department and the Army Educational Corps.

In July, the Ministry of Defence issued a proper sanction letter on this regard. It allowed everlasting fee to girls officers in 10 extra arms and providers that embrace Army Air Defence, Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Military Intelligence, Army Service Corps and Army Ordnance Corps.

There are near 1,700 girls officers within the Army and about 600 are eligible to go for everlasting fee. The Supreme Court had additionally directed the Army to think about girls officers for command roles in specified branches.

In May the Army had made the Battle Physical Efficiency Test obligatory for all girls officers, together with these commissioned earlier than 2009 and now over the age of 35 who had been earlier exempt. The junior command course at Army War College, Mhow, is now additionally obligatory for ladies officers. 

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