Men and women employed separately in the three wings of the defence forces

Men and women employed separately in the three wings of the defence forces

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS

RAJYA SABHA 

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.668
TO BE ANSWERED ON 8th FEBRUARY, 2021

GENDER RATIO IN THE ARMED FORCES

668 DR. FAUZIA KHAN

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:

(a) the number of men and women employed separately in the three wings of the defence forces, service-wise;

(b) the percentage of women personnel in all the three services of armed forces as compared to percentage of men, service-wise;

(c) whether there has been an increase in the number of women joining the defence forces; and

(d) the measures taken to increase the participation of women in the defence forces?

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ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE 

SHRI SHRIPAD NAIK

GENDER RATIO IN THE ARMED FORCES
(a) & (b):  The number of men and women employed in the three armed forces are as under:

Men

Women

% Women

Indian Army

1218036

6807

0.56%

Indian Air Force*

146727

1607

1.08%

Indian Navy

10108

704 #

6.5%


* Excluding Medical and Dental personnel.
# Figures are in respect of Women officers only as women are inducted at officer level presently.

(c) Yes, Sir. There has been an increase in the number of women personnel  in the armed forces (excluding Medical, Dental and Nursing cadres) during the year 2020 compared to the figures in the year 2019.

(d) In addition to the provision of Permanent Commission to Women Officers in Judge Advocate General and Army Education Corps, the Government of India has recently announced grant of Permanent Commission to Women Officers in all other Arms/ Services in which they are eligible for commission. Further, the Government of India has sanctioned 1700 women in Military Police Corps in a phased manner.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) undertakes various induction publicity measures to encourage youth including women to join IAF. Modules like direct contact programme, print and electronic media is extensively used to create awareness about IAF and educate students about various mode of entries.

Women are employed as officers in Indian Navy since 1992 wherein only three avenues were available to Women viz. Law, Education and Logistics. However, over a period of time, number of other avenues have been opened for Women induction as follows:

Year

Avenue available

1992

Law, Education, Logistics

2001

Naval Constructor Cadre

2008

Observer Specialisation (Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft)

2016

Pilots (Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft)

2017

Naval Armament Inspectorate

2019

Sports and Musician Cadres, and Lateral Induction into Provost Specialisation


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