In a historic first, the Indian Army has inducted five women officers into its Regiment of Artillery. Lt Mehak Saini, Lt Sakshi Dubey, Lt Aditi Yadav, Lt Pious Mudgil, and Lt Akanksha have joined the Army’s premier artillery units after successfully completing their training at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai.
Women Officers Posted to Frontline Formations:
Military sources have reported that three of the five women officers have been posted to frontline formations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, while the other two have been posted to “challenging locations” near the frontier with Pakistan. The Regiment of Artillery is a major combat support arm, and it has around 280 units that handle various gun systems, including Bofors howitzers, Dhanush, M-777 howitzers, and K-9 Vajra self-propelled guns.
Women Officers to Receive Adequate Training:
The sources also stated that the young women officers are being posted to all types of key artillery units, where they will receive adequate training and exposure to handle rockets, field and surveillance, and target acquisition (SATA) systems, as well as key equipment.
Approval of the Proposal by the Government:
In January, Chief of Army Staff Gen Manoj Pande announced the decision to commission women officers into artillery units. The proposal was later approved by the government.