Women personnel in Indian Defence Services


Government has taken a number of measures to encourage the youth including women to join Armed Forces, including sustained image projection, participation in career fairs and exhibitions and publicity campaign to create awareness among the youth on the advantages of taking up a challenging and satisfying career. Further, Government has taken various steps to make Armed Forces’ jobs attractive. These include implementation of the recommendation of the VI Central Pay Commission with improved pay structure, additional family accommodation through Married Accommodation Project (MAP) and improvement in promotion prospects in the Armed Forces.

Details of number of women personnel in the three services of Armed Forces for the last three years and the current year, Service-wise are as under:

Year Army

(As on 1st January)

Navy* Air Force
2012 1151 385 1083
2013 1253 411 1174
2014 1344 445 1265
2015 1436



(As on date)


(As on 1.3.2015)

*including Medical and Dental Officers


Strength of women officers in the Armed Forces are as under:

Army Navy Air Force
AFMS and MNS ** Other Branches AFMS and MNS ** Other Branches AFMS and MNS ** Other Branches

(As on 1.2.2015)


(As on 1.1.2015


(As on 1.2.2015)

413 543

(As on 1.2.2015)


(As on 1.3.2015)

** AFMS: Armed Forces Medical Services   MNS: Military Nursing Service

Number of complaints of harassment and discrimination received from women officers are as under:

Army Navy Air Force

(since 2013)

Nil 17

(since 2011)


This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shrimati Kamla Devi Paatle and Shri Nimmala Kristappa in Lok Sabha today.


Source: PIB