Under the recently unveiled Agnipath Scheme, the Indian Navy will this year enlist female sailors for the first time on INS Vikrant. The change will make it possible for them to later be used aboard warships.
The exact number of women among the 3000 naval agnives that the Navy will enlist in 2022 is still up in the air. According to sources, this percentage may only represent 10–20 percent of the first batch of sailors who are set to begin training at INS Chilka, the Indian Navy’s top facility for basic training, on November 21.
“The Navy’s Agnipath programme will be gender-neutral. Thirty female officers are now at sea on front-line warships. Vice Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi stated, “We have determined that the time has come to recruit women sailors as well, and in all trades which will include women who will go to sea.
Although the precise number of women in the force has not yet been determined, Vice Admiral Dinesh Tripathi also stated that preparations are being taken at INS Chilka to accommodate them.
Since the 1990s, women have been admitted to the 14 thousand-strong military forces, although only at the officer ranks. This changed in 2019–20 when the Indian Army for the first time started hiring women in different ranks. 100 female jawans currently serve in the Corps of Military Police as a result of this (CMP).
According to reports, the Indian Navy deployed four women officers on warships last year for the first time in 23 years: two on the fleet tanker INS Shakti and two on the INS Vikramaditya. According to reports, this number has grown to 30. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, 199 additional CMP women’s recruitment has been put on hold for the past two years. By 2036, the Indian government intends to have 1700 women serving as soldiers, hired in groups of 100 each year.