Defense: A rising career option for women

In a male dominated country like India, women have a number of restrictions when it comes to choosing a career. Teaching, medicine, banks, etc. are the most common fields that women of our country choose. Have you ever wondered that thinking about options other than the regular ones can take you to greater heights? Have you ever thought that restricted options have a narrow, limited scope? Try to come out of the protected shell and think wide. There are thousands of career options where women can excel. These opportunities are often hidden, but they are certainly not unreachable.

Today, let us get to know about the scope of the careers in the defense forces.

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Jobs in the Indian Army:

Women candidates can apply for the 49 weeks training at the Officers Training Academy, Chennai. Unmarried women between the age group of 19-25 years are eligible to apply for this course. These women candidates have to give a written entrance exam (CDSE). Candidates who clear this exam have to go through a 5-days interview programme which is conducted and scheduled by the Service Selection Board (SSB). The final step is to clear the medical tests. Once all this is successfully cleared, the candidates commence with their 49 weeks training at OTA, Chennai. The 5 entry schemes for women to get recruited in the Indian Army are:

1. Graduate UPSC Entry.

2. Engineer Entry.

3. Law Entry.

4. Post Graduate Entry.

5. NCC Entry.

Women after completing the 49 weeks training are recruited for jobs in various branches of the Indian Army: Ordnance, Distribution, Technical, Educational, Logistics, Administration Branch and so on.

Jobs in the Indian Air Force:

The Indian Air Force offers jobs for women in Flying Branch, Technical Branch and Ground Duty Branch. The selection process of the Indian Air Force is same as the process in the Indian Army. The candidates have to appear for the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) or for the CDSE. The entry schemes for women in the Indian Air Force are same as the Indian Army. The selected candidates undergo a training programme at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal.

Jobs in the Indian Navy:

Women can work in the following branches of the Indian Navy:

1. ATC.

2. Law.

3. Logistics.

4. Education.

5. Observer.

6. Naval Architecture.

The women candidates have to appear for the written CDSE exam. The process of SSB interviews and medical tests is then followed. The selected navy candidates undergo the training programme at Ezhimala, Kerala.

Perks of working in Defense:

A career in defense comes with a handsome pay and many other benefits and perks. Some of these perks are:

1. Free housing facility.

2. Medical facilities.

3. Availing of home, computer and conveyance loans.

4. Travel concessions.

5. CSD facilities.

6. Insurance facilities.

7. Free memberships of various clubs.

8. 24 months of paid leave for educational purposes.

Women can apply for the Short Service Commission, which is a tenure of 10 years. This can be extended upto 14 years. Along with the high pays and luxurious perks, you earn a different dignity for yourself and can be a role model to thousand other girls.

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