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Women in Defence Forces - Facts and Figures

Written by Ashis Dubey on Mar 08, 2018

Check facts about Women personnel of defence forces. Women have shown their strength and intelligence in almost every field. Defence forces are also proud of their women power. Read to know about the women strength of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

Women commissioned officers in Army Navy Air Force

Women Power in Indian Defence Forces

From space to underwater and from household work to managing a multinational company, any position and any field, you name it and you will find women leading in that position. As we stand in the era where women are considered as equal to men, women are showing their mettle in defence forces too. Here are few staggering facts about the strength of women in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. Let's take a look at women power of Indian Armed Forces.

Women Personnel in Indian Army - Facts and Figures

Currently, women are recruited only as commissioned officers. Here is the year-wise breakdown of women officers in Indian Army.

  • 2015 - 1466 women officers
  • 2016 - 1512 lady officers
  • 2017 - 1548 women commissioned officers

As figures speak, women power is steadily increasing in the Indian Army and as on 1st January 2018 there are total 1561 women officers are serving in the Indian Army. Here is further break down of women officers in Army as per the Arm/Service.

  • AAD - 63
  • Engrs - 195
  • Sigs - 220
  • ASC - 265
  • AOC - 292
  • EME - 263
  • Int - 73
  • Army Avn - 20
  • AEC - 85
  • RVC - 0
  • JAG - 85

So except RVC Arm of Indian Army, women commissioned officers can be found in all other Arm/Service of Indian Army.

Women Personnel in Indian Air Force - Facts and Figures

Indian Air Force is one of the elite defence forces of India and it has a good number of women commissioned officers.  Here are the year wise women officers strength of Indian Air Force.

  • 2015 - 1428
  • 2016 - 1584
  • 2017 - 1598

As on 1st January 2018, Indian Air Force has total 1598 women commissioned officers. Check out branch wise breakdown of IAF women officers.

  • Flying (Pilot) - 104
  • Flying (Navigator) - 16
  • Aeronautical Engineers (Mechanical) - 48
  • Aeronautical Engineers (Electronics) - 569
  • Administration - 430
  • Logistics - 162
  • Accounts - 116
  • Education - 83
  • Meteorology - 70

As we can see from the figures that women officers rule the AE(L) branch of Indian Air Force. Also, there are quite a good number of women flying pilots in the Indian Air Force.

Women Commissioned Officers in Indian Navy

Indian Navy is responsible for safeguarding our country's coastal area from enemy attack. Here also women are contributing in safeguarding our waters from enemy attack. Let's see how many women officers are there in Indian Navy.

  • 2015 - 382
  • 2016 - 409
  • 2017 - 469

Including Medical and Dental branches of Indian Navy, there are total 639 women commissioned officers serving in the Indian Navy as on 27th February 2018.

Here is the branch wise breakdown of women officers of Indian Navy.

  • Education - 132
  • Logistics - 144
  • Law - 4
  • Air Traffic Control - 67
  • Naval Constructor - 64
  • Observer - 70
  • Pilot - 2
  • Naval Armament - 10
  • Medical - 144
  • Dental - 2

So as we can see, more and more women are willing to serve in defence forces and are performing well in all sectors of Indian Armed forces.


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