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Army Selection Board Clears Way For 5 Women Officers To Colonel Rank

BP World Bureau | Aug 24 2021 10:41:00 AM
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NEW DELHI: Defense ministry announced that the army selection board has cleared the way for the promotion of five women officers to Colonel rank after they completed 26 years of service. 

Women officers serving with the Corps of Signals, Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), and the Corps of Engineers have been approved for the rank of colonel. 

Earlier, colonel rank was applicable for women officers in the Army Medical Corps (AMC), Judge Advocate General (JAG) and the Army Education Corps (AEC).

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Women selected for the promotion are;

  1. Lt Col Sangeeta Sardana from the Corps of Signals
  2. Lt Col Sonia Anand from the Corps of EME
  3. Lt Col Navneet Duggal from the Corps of EME
  4. Lt Col Reenu Khanna from the Corps of Engineers
  5. Lt Col Ritcha Sagar from the Corps of Engineers.

This came after the Supreme Court allowed women candidates to sit for the National Defence Academy (NDA) entrance exam.

"Combined with the decision to grant permanent commission to women officers from a majority of branches of the Indian Army, this step defines the Indian Army's approach towards a gender-neutral Army," said defense ministry.