Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Indian Air Force to induct first woman fighter pilot on June 18, 2016: Things you need to know

New Delhi: On the occasion of International Women's Day, Indian Air Force Chief Arun Raha announced that the force will get its first woman fighter pilot on June 18, 2016.

"As of now, three women trainees have volunteered to join the fighter stream. They are under the second phase of their training. Once they complete their training and are at par with their male colleagues, the passing out parade is scheduled on June 18th," Raha said at a seminar on women in uniform in the Army Medical Corps.

The first women officers in the fighter stream will be commissioned into the IAF in June 2016. Subsequently, these women will go to the advanced jet training and later proceed to the regular squads.

Currently, the Indian Air Force has women in the seven areas of administration, logistics, meteorology, navigation, education, aeronautical engineering -- mechanical and electrical -- and accounts. As per some online media reports, the air force currently has about 1500 women on its rolls, of which 94 are pilots and 14 are navigators.

Eligible women, who qualify various tests successfully, serve as Short Service Commissioned officers in the following branches of the Armed Forces:
08/03/16 India Today
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