As the training of the first batch of women cadets in the Corps of Military Police (CMP) is scheduled to come an end in the coming weeks in Bengaluru, the Army is all set to induct women in its rank-and-file for the first time.
The cadets had kick-started their training on January, 6, 2020. Interestingly, although the passing out parade is yet to be held, over 4,000 women have applied to be part of the CMP during the recently held rally by the Armed Forces.
Until now, women were part of only certain streams and this is the first time they will be inducted in the non-officer category. According to the Ministry of Defence, a total of 1,700 women military police will be inducted over a period of 17 years, and the first batch of 99 cadets began training in Jan 2020.
“Adequate training and administrative infrastructure have been put in place and due diligence was used while developing administrative infrastructure for women recruits’ accommodation based on interactions with the Officers Training Academy in Chennai, Assam Rifles and National Cadet Corps and the Officers Training Academy in Gwalior,” an earlier statement by the CMP read, as per reports.
It is reported that the women police personnel will perform the same duties as their male counterparts.
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