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Government approves induction of women officers as fighter pilots in IAF (with Press release of GOI)

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    Government approves induction of women officers as fighter pilots in IAF - IBNLive

    Government approves induction of women officers as fighter pilots in IAF
    New Delhi: Soon, women will be included in combat roles in the Indian Air Force. The Ministry of Defence on Saturday approved the induction of women officers into the fighter stream of the IAF.

    In a tweet, Spokesperson of the the Ministry of Defence Sitanshu Kar said, "the first women pilots in the Fighter stream of IAF will be selected from the current batch at AF Academy."

    Praising women officers for their performance in the past, the MoD in a statement said, "inducting women into the fighter stream would provide them with an equal opportunity to prove their mettle in combat roles."

    The first women pilots will be commissioned into the IAF in June 2016. Thereafter they will undergo advanced training for a year and would enter the fighter cockpit by June 2017.


    [​IMG]Sitanshu KarVerified account‏@SpokespersonMoD
    The first women pilots in the Fighter stream of IAF will be selected from the current batch at AF Academy.


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    During the 83rd anniversary celebrations of the IAF, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had said that he had taken up the issue of inclusion of women into combat roles with the government and it was up to the Centre to give the go ahead to the move.

    "We have women pilots flying transport aircraft and helicopters. We are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspirations of young women in India," Air Chief Marshal Raha had said as IAF celebrated its 83rd anniversary.

    In a contradictory statement in 2014, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had said that women were not mentally and physically fit enough to be fighter pilots. "As far as flying fighter planes is concerned, it's a very challenging job. Women are by nature not physically suited for flying fighters for long hours, especially when they are pregnant or have other health problems," he had said.

    It has been long that the issue of having women in the fighter squadron has been going on. In 2010, the Delhi High Court had given a landmark ruling that women in the Army and the Air Force were allowed permanent commission, while commenting that women officers "deserve better from the government."

    IAF currently has women in seven areas of administration, logistics, meteorology, navigation, education, aeronautical engineering -- mechanical and electrical -- and accounts. The air force currently has about 1500 women on its rolls of which 94 are pilots and 14 navigators
     
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    Alright right:yahoo:.

    Nothing sexier than women in uniform.:P