Women in Defence Forces

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Government of India
Ministry of Defence

09-December-2016 15:37 IST

Women in Defence Forces

The total held strength of defence personnel vis-a-vis the total number of female officers (excluding medical and dental branch) in all the three wings of defence forces is as under:


Army Navy Air Force
Total officers (as on 1.1.2016) PBOR (as on 1.1.2016) Women officers(as on 1.7.2016) Total officers(as on 6.12.2016) Sailors(as on 6.12.2016) Women officers(as on 6.12.2016) Total officers(as on 1.12.2016) Airmen(as on 1.11.2016) Women officers(as on 1.12.2016)
41162 1159093 1512 9356 57031 453 11948 128898 1584


The Government has been taking steps to make Short Service Commission (SSC) more attractive which in turn is also expected to encourage the intake of women officers in the Armed Forces. Further, few more branches / streams have been opened for induction of women as SSC officers.

The details of women officers (excluding medical and dental branch) recruited during the last three years, Service-wise, are as under:



Army Navy

Air Force


127 50 144
2014 104 57



72 35



On experimental basis, the Government has inducted three women Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) in Air Force into the fighter stream on 18.6.2016. This experimental entry scheme for women in fighter stream will be valid for 5 years from the date of issue of Government of India letter dated 2.12.2015. However, presently there is no proposal with the Government to induct women officers for combat duties in Army or for deployment of women onboard warships.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. Thokchom Meinya and others in Lok Sabha today.

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