Indian Army on Thursday started recruiting women in government to the rank of Personnel Below Officer Rank(PBOR).
The military police staff, described PBOR, manage prisoner-of-war camps and have been part of UN mission contingents in Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, the army said.
The Indian Army website said the Corps of Military Police was responsible for preserving “good order and discipline and prevent breaches of the same by persons serving in or attached to the regular army”. According to reports, the candidates will take a written test followed by a mandatory Physical Endurance Test (PET).
While women are present in the medical, legal, educational, signal and engineering wings of the army, the move to induct them into the military police is a new one. Reports suggest that Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat proposed the idea while Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved the decision in January.