Can women be in combat roles?

Theme :-

  • In November 2018, Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat said that Indian Army is not yet ready for women in Combat roles ( face to face fight with enemy ) considering the lack of facilities and infrastructure to make it happen.
  • Other two Indian Armed Forces, i.e Indian Air Force & Indian Navy allows women in Combat roles.
  • Currently there are women in Indian Army working in some areas such as medical, legal, engineering wings etc.
  • In June 2017, Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat said that Indian Army has started the process to recruit women for combat roles.
  • As of 2018, Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and Israel have allowed women in combat roles.

For :-

  • Women are now entering to many sectors that were once closed to them. In the present generation, women are handling the responsibilities at home and as well as at work. So, women have the capability to handle combat role in the Indian Army as well.
  • Many people are arguing that women do not have enough physical strength to fight in the field. But without training, men too cannot do justice to the combat role. With training anyone can work in the combat role.
  • Physical strength may not always work in the field. Intelligence is the prerequisite to defeat the enemy. Considering the technology available in the present times, one can definitely compensate the lack of physical strength with intelligent usage of weapons.
  • Allowing both men and women helps in increasing the number of personnel in Indian Army.

Against :-

  • Biologically, men are stronger than women. Hence, it may not be wise to deploy people in the field that have less physical strength than the enemy.
  • Women do have special needs at the times of menstrual cycles and pregnancy etc. So, they may not be always ready to serve in the field.
  • There are no much facilities and infrastructure in Indian Army to allow women in combat roles.

Conclusion :-

If women are willing to serve in combat roles for the country, it will be discriminatory to not allow them. It’s important to provide facilities for women to fasten the process of including women in combat roles in Indian Army.

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7 comments

  1. Yes, its obvious to have women in the combalt role, if its allowed by the NAVY & AIR FORCE, so why not in the ARMY. They have the equal right to defend the country in all manners. It will be unfavourable for them to not be part of the combalt. If we think that they are not physically fit for the combalt, so thats our erred beacause in History we have seen many female leaders who have led the forces with their capablity such as Rani Lakshmi Bai, Razia Sultan and many others to protect their territory from the enimies in any possible manner the could do.so it will be a prestige for the ARMY to let the womes enroll in the combalt warfare.

  2. Yes, obviously women could play a combat role as a soldier. Because most of the war happen with recent weapon or more advanced technology that time they can control any technology handle easily with your intelligence other hand when they get more training and get infrastructure they can easily induct as a combat role.and our society should support them to serve the nation as a combat role. I want to add most important point that in this situation society should understand and they should support women to serve as a combat role .

  3. I think that Women are working in every field.And the woman of 21 Generation made herself strong upto that level so that they can easily work in combat roles. Most of the women are still not strong but if they should give equal chances like men they can also make themselves stronger. And obviously if we talk about menstruation like problems its not a big deal because many women like PV Sindhu and Mary Kom do a lot of physical work and side by side they are handling their menstruation too. If they will also allowed in NDA and technical entries of 10+2 they can also be physically and mentally stronger after rhe training of 3 to 4 years. So at the last I woild like to say that we should give them chances to prove themselves

  4. Yes definitely women should be allowed in the combat role as we know that the planning strategies of women are far better then man and women daily faces the problem in her day to day life and solves that with an effective planning.so yes if they are put on the battle field they are going to give the best result.they manage to work in limited resources and gives you an positive outcome.and talking about their menstrual cycle,they can easily handle that problem like they were handling before in their working environment.we know that women are the backbone of our family and our economy for development.so they should be given this opportunity to prove that they are not less then man in terms of physical ability,mental ability and in dealing with pressure calmly.lets not break the backbone of our country by analysing things before itself.lets change the system and see the outcome because change is very important for growth.

    1. Do think about atrocities an army officer goes through when captured by enemy whether in times of war, or in peacetime. In case of women it will be much more hard ,everybody knows it well . We cant let them to a war front .

      1. So thats what the training is for given to them, to get out of all the hazzy situations, and for just this fear we can’t push them down. Since, there are a lots of women working as a spy for the IB which got selection due to their capablity

  5. Nowadays woman are everywhere . According to me yes woman can be in combat role but all woman physically not strong . As per intelligency woman have no problem. When Authorities will go for selection , must be they have to examine how they are physically strong . Army , Navy , BSF ,RPF woman working but when they have to front to front , those Woman mentally and physically fit they can join in combat role. Usually we know woman physically not strong in comparison to man but exceptional woman are there, they are very strong physically even sometimes man cannot compete with them, they can join in combat role

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