The Indian Army is not yet ready to
have women in combat roles, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said
The Army chief, however, said there are several other
fields where the Army is thinking of inducting women, such as
information and psychological warfare.
"We are not yet ready for that (women in combat roles)
as facilities have to be created... Women also need to be
prepared for that kind of hardships," he said.
"It is not easy. Let us not compare ourselves with
Western nations, which are more open," Gen Rawat told
reporters on the sidelines of the Passing Out Parade of the
135th course at the National Defence Academy here.
"Yes, we may be more open in our big cities, but our
Army personnel are not coming from big cities only. They are
coming from rural areas too, where the inter-mingling, which
is expected, is still not there," he said.
"They are already there in education and law, so the
other field we have identified for them is information
warfare, psychological warfare and (we are) also considering
the accounting field where women can be inducted,"he said.
"Women officers are being inducted into all the three
services. But what we have to decide is whether some of them
can be given permanent commission," Gen Rawat said.
The Army has taken a call that there are some aspects
and fields where "we need some kind of continuity and
permanency," he said.
"In a command-oriented army, male officers do not fit
the bill everywhere. The Army needs language interpreters as
military diplomacy is gaining ground. The basic requirement is
understanding the language while talking to other nations,
military to military. So we are looking for women as
interpreters," he said.
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