Salute to brave women Soldiers of Indian Armed Forces .An Insight to Lady Officers.

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Indian Army started recruiting of Women officers in 1992.Every six months, about 5,000 women graduates and postgraduates between the ages of 21 and 25 years apply to join the Army. Barely a fifth clear the written test and only a tenth of those who do are selected.

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The first Women Cadet batch was of 25 cadets which joined Indian Army on 6th March 1993.Women officers unlike male have to retire early and Since the early-1990s, women have been serving in wings like legal, education, engineering, ordinance, intelligence, signals, air traffic control and the like but only as short-service commission (SSC) officers for a maximum of 14 years. Women have been getting Permanent Commission only in the medical stream as doctors, dentists and nurses.

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On release they can pursue a career in the civil sector. SSC officers are released with gratuity and can avail some benefits as ex-serviceperson, but they do not get pension.

Women in the medical branch i.e. doctors and nurses can serve as Permanent Commissioned (PC) officers and are eligible for pension after retirement and also have the option to serve as Short Service Commissioned officers.

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There have been many notable achievements as well by Women in Olive green ,let us look at those and i hope you enjoy reading those .

Indian Army did Mt everest Expedition in 2005 and 2012 for women officers . Captain Shipra Mazumdar, Captain Ashwini Pawar, Cadet Tshering Ladol and Trainee Dechin Lhamo scaled the 8848-metre Mt. Everest .

Captain Shipra Mazumdar, Captain Ashwini Pawar, Cadet Tshering Ladol and Trainee Dechin Lhamo scaled the 8848-metre Mt. Everest
Captain Shipra Mazumdar, Captain Ashwini Pawar, Cadet Tshering Ladol and Trainee Dechin Lhamo scaled the 8848-metre Mt. Everest

Apart from that ,Indian army women once again went to Mount Everest Expedition in 2012. 7 Indian Army women officers achieved the feat to reach the summit of Mt. Everest .

Indian Army women at Mt Everest

There was one expedition to highest point of Siachen Glacier ,”Indira Col”. A Team comprising only lady officers of the Indian Army scaled Indira Col, the highest point on Siachen glacier on 15 August 2009, making it the first ladies team to have reached the highest battlefield in the world.

expedition to highest point of Siachen .
expedition to highest point of Siachen .

The Team

Maj AR Ramakrishnan (Team Leader and Manager), Maj N Linyu, Maj Rita Deb, Maj Megha Astagikar,Maj Neha Bhatnagar,Maj Pradnya Kulkarni, Maj Meghna R, Capt Saily Jagtap, Capt Pushpa Kumari. Capt Shikha Yadav, Capt Saloni Mittal, Capt Aarti Parashar, Capt Priyanka Tak, Lt Girija Mohalkar, Lt Namrata Rathore, Lt Vijay Laxmi Chand Thakur, Lt Neelam Rathore, Lt Garima Pal, Hav Pasare , Spr Kalu Ram, Sigmn Meena ,Sigmn Deeraj Jasrotia

Daring and brave women Indian Army soldiers
Daring and brave women Indian Army soldiers

The first woman in the history of the Indian Army, to be selected for the ‘Sword of Honour’, Is Chennai-girl Divya Ajith In year 2010.

She beat 244 fellow gentlemen and women cadets, to win the Best All-Round Cadet award and get the ‘Sword of Honour’, which is the highest award given to a cadet of the Officers Training Academy.

Divya Ajith at OTA.
Divya Ajith at OTA.

Women officers take salutes, Give orders and pack a commanding punch into their slight frames. But the looming specter of discrimination is barely seen behind the veil of formal correctness.It is the gentlemen cadets who feel discriminated against. Women Soldiers earn the same pay but do not train for as long or as hard. There is resentment, and it is inevitable. Gender cannot be forgotten. Three hundred-odd years of male attitudes cannot change so fast, but Army ethics include respect for women, which is a help.

Apart from that,Women Don’t join Combat Operations.but one women beat the odds and joined Territorial Army , she was Jawan Shanti Tigga .She was honoured by former president Pratibha Patil for being the first female jawan of our country.

Shanti Tigga honoured by Pratibha Patil
Shanti Tigga honoured by Pratibha Patil

But Unfortunately,she was kidnapped by some unknown people and she was tied to a post near to railway track ,she was taken to Military Hospital where she declined any Assault by the kidnappers but after few days she committed suicide in May 2013.

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Lieutenant Ganeve Lalji, a young intelligence officer created the  history by becoming the first woman to be appointed as a key aide to an Army Commander

Lieutenant Ganeve Lalji, a young intelligence officer created the history by becoming the first woman to be appointed as a key aide to an Army Commander.
Lieutenant Ganeve Lalji, a young intelligence officer created the history by becoming the first woman to be appointed as a key aide to an Army Commander.

Punita Arora is the first woman in India to don the second highest rank i.e. Lieutant General of Indian Armed Forces and the first Vice admiral of Indian Navy

Lt Gen Punita Arora
Lt Gen Punita Arora
  • She has been awarded with 15 medals in her 36 years of career in Indian Armed Forces.
  • VSM for providing efficient and timely help to victims of the Kaluchak massacre in 2002.
  • SM for providing gynae-endoscopy and oncology facilities and pioneering invitro-fertilization and assisted reproductive techniques for infertile and childless couples in military hospitals.
  • PVSM in 2006

Mitali Madhumita in Feb 2011 became India’s first female officer to receive the Sena Medal for gallantry.

Mitali Madhumita
Mitali Madhumita

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Padmavathy Bandopadhyay  is the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force. She joined the Indian Air Force in 1968.

There have been any women who are joining and many aspirants who try to join prestigious and most dignified Institution of the country i.e Indian Army .

these all are the entries for Women officers in Indian Armed Forces
these all are the entries for Women officers in Indian Armed Forces

Women officers are also not deployed at the frontline, though recent amendments have ensured that they are posted in field areas, sometimes less than 50 meters away from actual combat. In their 10 years of service, the women officers can only hope to rise up to the level of a Major.Postings are across the country and usually in the Engineers, Ordnance, Signals, Army Service, Education, Intelligence, Legal Branch or EME (Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) Corps.

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women constitute just 3% to 8% of the total officer cadre, and they are not allowed to serve in the ranks below officer level in the 17-lakh strong armed forces.

jubilant New Recruits
jubilant New Recruits

All young ladies taken into the OTA have to go through a rigorous selection process. The army has its own tests that determine psychological and physical fitness and also aptitude.also taken into account are communication skills as Women officer has to lead and direct men.

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In 1993,13 Brave Women Cadets Joined the Indian Air Force in it’s First Batch .

13 Brave Hearts who underwent the rigorous flying training at Air Force Academy since 19.07.1993 :

  • Flight Cadet Harita Kaur Deol
  • Flight Cadet Archana Kapoor
  • Flight Cadet Anisha Shinh
  • Flight Cadet Bindu Sebastian
  • Flight Cadet Pamela Roudrigs
  • Flight Cadet Priya Paul
  • Flight Cadet Priya Nalgundwar
  • Flight Cadet Shweta Mishra
  • Flight Cadet Sabita Bano
  • Flight Cadet Anupma Rao
  • Flight Cadet C.K. Veena
  • Flight Cadet R. Laxmi
  • Flight Cadet Anjana Achutan
Touch the sky with Glory- Flt Cadets of 1st Indian Air Force batch
Touch the sky with Glory- Flt Cadets of 1st Indian Air Force batch
Flight Cadet Sunita Mishra- joined Indian Air Force in 1993,in the first Batch.
Flight Cadet Shweta Mishra- joined Indian Air Force in 1993,in the first Batch.
Jubilant and ready to touch the sky with Glory ,1st Batch of Indian Air Force Women Cadets(Courtesy: Flt Cdt Sunita Mishra)
Jubilant and ready to touch the sky with Glory ,1st Batch of Indian Air Force Women Cadets(Courtesy: Flt Cdt Shweta Mishra)

(Special Courtesy and heart felt thanks for names and Photos to Flight Cadet (R) Shweta Mishra)

During the Kargil war, Flight Officer Gunjan Saxena made history by becoming the first woman IAF officer to fly in a combat zone. She was later honoured with the Shurya Vir Award .

flight Officer Gunjan Saxena
flight Officer Gunjan Saxena

Another male bastion, has gone to women. For the first time ever, the Indian Air Force is preparing two of its women pilots for combat roles.

Flight Lts Alka Shukla and M P Shumathi were trained at the Yelahanka station in flying twin-engine Mi-8, a utility and medium-size assault helicopter. Both pilots are at their operational units where they will continue with their armament and special heli-operations training.IAF-pilot

newly recruits from IAF Dundigal-Hyderabad
newly recruits from IAF Dundigal-Hyderabad

Squadron leader Teji Uppal achieved the rare feat when she landed An-32 transport aircraft, a twin-engine turboprop, at Daulat Beg Oldie, an advanced landing ground (ALG) located at an elevation of 15,400 feet about mean sea level (MSL) just a few kilometers away from the Line of Actual Control in Leh.

Squadron Leader Teji Uppal
Squadron Leader Teji Uppal

Squadron leader Veena Saharan became the first woman pilot to land heavy lift transport aircraft IL-76 at Leh airfield.

Another officer, squadron leader Nidhi Handa, the first woman pilot in IAF from Himachal Pradesh, in a short career span of six years, to reach the B-Green category which allows her to captain an aircraft in all the roles in every sector of the country.

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  • History was made on 26 January, 2012 when Flight Lt, Sneha Shekhawat, a woman Indian Air Force (IAF) officer, led a contingent of 144 airmen at the 63rd I Republic Day parade down the Rajpath.
Flt Lt Shekawat
Flt Lt Shekawat

Flight Lieutenant Nivedita Choudhary became the first woman from
the Indian Air Force (IAF) to summit the Mt. Everest – and the first woman
from Rajasthan to achieve this feat.

Flt Lt Nivedita Choudhary
Flt Lt Nivedita Choudhary

Indian Navy also have Women officers.

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apart from that,BSF too have women Officers.

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NSG too have women commanders.

NSG women

I hope that day won’t be far when we will have women Snipers too but that may take some handsome time.

do you have it in you ?
do you have it in you ?

well,most of the girls are happier being army wife,hope when you read ,you get motivated to join our esteemed forces , i will take a leave here ,jai hind ! Do you have it in you ? 

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  1. Really inspiring,
    many unknown info revealed,
    Pics are cool and relevant..bt
    Punctuation errors are irritating, nd sumtimes diverted my attention frm the matter..
    Wish to hav more on BSF women guard..
    There has to b some non-solider women left, to marry Army men also..:-p

  2. Why didn’t you write about the first batch of women pilots in Air Force in this article ? Your post is incomplete without those 13 girls who took this initiative in July 1993 ( when their flying training started at Air Force Academy Hyderabad) . Please amend your post in this regard, I would be happy to help you in doing this. If you require any details about this batch, please let me know.

  3. i do read about them , Miss Shefali Chaudhary,Nivedita Bhasin . and also read abut bravery of Miss Shefali Chaudhary .i will surely edit them but i have no pics of them , as for army i had a good collection, as you said you can help me out with some info,plz mail me at raghav.gakhar2010@gmail.com . thanks a lot Ms Shweta 🙂

  4. mam, now i know you have served in IAF and you were pilot , i have added you on facebook , my name is Raghav. please help me a little with the article . needed names and some pics if you have any, would be great help,jai hind

  5. Its an article sufficient to encourage new generation girls to join Indian Defense Forces……

  6. Flight Cadet Harita Kaur Deol
    Flight Cadet Archana Kapoor
    Flight Cadet Anisha Shinh
    Flight Cadet Bindu Sebastian
    Flight Cadet Pamela Roudrigs
    Flight Cadet Priya Paul
    Flight Cadet Priya Nalgundwar
    Flight Cadet Shweta Mishra
    Flight Cadet Sabita Bano
    Flight Cadet Anupma Rao
    Flight Cadet C.K. Veena
    Flight Cadet R. Laxmi
    Flight Cadet Anjana Achutan

  7. Flight Cadet Harita Kaur Deol
    Flight Cadet Archana Kapoor
    Flight Cadet Anisha Shinh
    Flight Cadet Bindu Sebastian
    Flight Cadet Pamela Roudrigs
    Flight Cadet Priya Paul
    Flight Cadet Priya Nalgundwar
    Flight Cadet Shweta Mishra
    Flight Cadet Sabita Bano
    Flight Cadet Anupma Rao
    Flight Cadet C.K. Veena
    Flight Cadet R. Laxmi
    Flight Cadet Anjana Achutan

  8. please ny1 guide me here ./???? i also wna join air force …. m pursuing BTcH aerospace 2nd year …what capabilites should i have to join it >????

  9. To the author, a good effort,
    This is colonel jayavel, director of Defence Academy Coimbatore,
    I would like to add more pictures and write an article for the benefit of south indian girls.
    Can I have a photographs of some tamilian girls in uniform and some more info about
    Your suggestions to motivate the NCC / other students about how felt being a Lady officer, the pressure and difficulties if any. please do add this and permit me to add these pictures in my article.

  10. Salute the Indian Women soldiers of old and let them inspire our women to come forward in every sphere of our country. Vande Matram.

  11. Another Alumni Achievement of GLA University. Sankripti Choudhary of BBA(2008-2011) has topped in CDS(Combined Defence Services) examination in women category. After banging on the field of engineering and management GLAians are shinning in defence forces too. GLA is very proud of its alumni achievement and always encourages students for better career prospective.

  12. I salute them all who are not left behind or say they have come forward on their own initiative..They are very much in in for EME,Ordnance,ASC,Signals.They were very much there in Medical corps as officers and Nursing cadre.and have never lagged behind law officers.All the best to them who are a big booster to their sisters who are studying in colleges and working in other departments to take care of themselves by learning Judo Crate ,Gatka and other Marshal arts.

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  15. I want to become an army officer also trying for that. But don’t know what is destiny .u request to you all please may you help to guide for this. I hope for that.

  16. Great article there ! one add on here , along with education and JAG its is the AMC or the Army medical corps which has the largest number of PC women officers including General Arora who was our commandant at AFMC . Proud to be be dawning the olive greens . Jai Hind .

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  18. I wish to get in dre 🙂 seve ds country.. as a warrior blood is running I want to be the Martyrdom n wrk on it 🙂 I love my india n wants to serve my nation .. n mqke my parents feel proud 🙂

  19. What is the latest fad among Indian girls?

    Fad doesn’t necessarily mean a negative change, does it? 🙂 Here are some of the fads I’ve noticed among Indian girls recently. Increasing number of girls studying engineering, medicine and law The much clichéd joke of there being no girls in Enginee…

  20. well, words are not Enough for them, Indian Women. I don’t even find myself eligible to describe or appreciate their JOB. But I want to thank you for your epic stuff! candidly. I want to know about you too, what made you do this? Any family background as in defence forces, or inspired by any family member?

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  22. India is under-utilizing the female cadets. Female cadets should be sent to combat; just like the Israeli Army. In Israeli Armed Forces, men & women both go to combat. India should follow the footsteps of Israel in this.

  23. sir,your article is a great one.Reading this article i couldnt even wait to join army.I have cleared cds exam and waiting for interview.sir,please keep encouraging girls more by more articles.

  24. well done raghav
    its hardly to be live that men encouraging the women.glad to have person like you by india. I need your help ..I have secure 58% in my graduation is their is any way I should eligible for afcat . I have sports background as well as ncc a certificate.

  25. Dear Informant,

    I extend my Felicitations and gratitude for bringing to light the most celebrated topic of the century. Well even though women have been on our planet EARTH for as long as men have, its pitiful to know that women were honored semi-equality in our nation in as recent times as 1992. But what is extremely pitiful is to know that even though it is claimed that women are given equal opportunity in the army now but yet at the cost of pension is pathetic. Apart from this where men upto the age of 42 years (in the territorial army) are embraced by the Organizations under the Ministry of Defence women are denied equal opportunities. Can somebody enlighten us by giving us an answer “why?” That would be (believe me) virtually the eighth wonder of the world.

    Thank you for listening.

    Ritvinder Kaur Mankoo

  26. Dear Informant,

    I extend my Felicitations and gratitude for bringing to light the most celebrated topic of the century. Well even though women have been on our planet EARTH for as long as men have, its pitiful to know that women were honored semi-equality in our nation in as recent times as 1992. But what is extremely pitiful is to know that even though it is claimed that women are given equal opportunity in the army now but yet at the cost of pension is pathetic. Apart from this where men upto the age of 42 years (in the territorial army) are embraced by the Organizations under the Ministry of Defence women are denied equal opportunities. Can somebody enlighten us by giving us an answer “why?” That would be (believe me) virtually the eighth wonder of the world.
    Thank you for listening.

  27. Hi Ragini

    Thank you for compliment. I am looking for writers for my blog as well. Let me know if you can help me in this regard.

    I have managed defencelover since 20 months and I love to write more but I don’t get time because of my busy schedule. Drop me a email at Raghav.Gakhar2010@gmail.com

    For any conversation!

  28. An excellent and interesting read ! I am a retired officer from the Pakistan Air Force. I believe, my Mother, a Sikh lady,was the first Indian woman to be commissioned in the Indian Army, circa 1943?. Her name was Onkar Kaur Sahi.
    She then married my father, a muslim officer, also in the Indian army. They moved to the newly formed Pakistan in 1947. Any information ,pictures,articles etc about my mother would be highly appreciated ! She also appeared on the cover of The Illustrated Weekly of India.

    Tahir Alam

    tahiralam@hotmail.com
    +971562415536

  29. It was in 1962 when Chinese,forgetting Hindi-chini Bhai-Bhai invaded India and grabbed Chumby Valley.On the call of the nation,young people ,though employed, offered their services to get in to the Armed Forces.I ,for one remember that on my first day,getting in to snow bound area without acclemitisation,had no woolen trousers and had to get one Havildars’ trouses to start early morning at 4 AM.No grievience what so ever.On release,having joined DSS&A Board came across people whose fore-f athers had fought in 1st & 2nd World Wars.They were permitted pensions for 3 generations though it had been so meagre,to the tune of Rs.3/- only.But it was recognition which made the generations proud and till date they visited the DSS&A Boards with pride that they had been part of uniformed families at one time.Unfortunately ,people released after the emergency was over,have no recognition.It would still be better that along with OROP demands ,such people included with Re.1/-PM pension’This would be to ensure their future generation to come forward and offer themm selves if ever nation needs them.Their families had donated gold on demand when nation asked for it that the same was required fo purchase of weapns/ammunition from abroad.These things come to light on meeting old veterans.Similarly people from families of veterans of Anglo-Sikh wars also appeared in DSS&A Board to narrate that their fore-fathers came home along with weapons ,straight from war theaters.Such weapons were collected after 3 years in village gatherings.Who so ever brought in the weaon to throw in the pool,uttered “Ranjit Singh Mar Gia”On their coming home they had expectations that they would be called back one day but on surrender of the weapns ,they were sure that their Maharaja Ranjit Singh dead then.

  30. Please tell me about first female lieutenant of Indian army.we all know about lieutenant general but tell me about lieutenant only

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