The army is holding consultations for preparing a plan to grant permanent commission to women in its rank as it becomes the last military arm to give up resistance to women serving until their age of retirement.
Discussions about the combat arms were increasingly about the logistics of accommodating women in the operational areas, and not anymore about women’s capability to serve on the frontlines. "The government had to submit an affidavit on the policy changes within two weeks to the supreme court, and a final policy would be ready in six months.The combat arms do not look ready for women for now, but time is not far away when even those will open up to women"- A senior officer said.
The center on Monday told the Supreme Court that it was considering granting permanent commission to women officers who are in service now as Short Service Commission(SSC) officers.
The army mounted a legal challenge in the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court in 2010 ordered all the three arms of the military to grant the permanent commission to women officers. Army sources said the arguments are now boiling down to two key issues: the practical challenges in deploying women in active areas such as Kashmir; and the logistics requirements to accommodate them in areas that have been built exclusively for men.