New Delhi: Five women officers were promoted to Colonel (Time Scale) rank, post completion of 26 years of service by a Selection Board of the Indian Army, said the Ministry of Defence on Monday.
This is the first time in the history that women officers serving with the Corps of Signals, Corps of Electronic and Mechanical Engineers (EME) and the Corps of Engineers have been approved to the rank of Colonel.
Before this, only women officers from the Army Medical Corps (AMC), Judge Advocate General (JAG), and the Army Education Corps (AEC) were eligible for promotion to Colonel.
The widening of promotion avenues to more branches of the Indian Army is a sign of increasing career opportunities for women officers, said the ministry.
“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,” read the statement.
The five women officers selected for Colonel Time Scale rank are Lt Col Sangeeta Sardana from the Corps of Signals, Lt Col Sonia Anand and Lt Col Navneet Duggal from the Corps of EME and Lt Col Reenu Khanna and Lt Col Ritcha Sagar from the Corps of Engineers.