Over 2 lakh women apply for 100 posts of ‘soldiers’

Women seem to be enthusiastic to join the Indian Army's Military Police.

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Indian Army has received applications from more than two lakh young women for 100 posts of jawan in Military Police. While the last date for submission of applications was 30 June, the recruitment rallies for women military police will take place in Ambala, Lucknow, Jabalpur, Belgaum and Shillong by the end of this month.

To be eligible, the women soldiers should be between 17 and 21 years of age. They should have passed class 10 with at least 45 per cent marks (aggregate). Widows of defence personnel may also apply provided they are below the age of 30 and have no children. Only single, unmarried, widowed or separated women may apply. Applications from pregnant or married women or those with children will not be entertained at all. Candidates appearing at the recruitment rally need to carry with them a medical certificate from a government medical practitioner certifying that they are not pregnant.

Once selected, these women will not be allowed to marry before or during the one-year training process. Even the widows and separated women candidates are not allowed to have children until the training process is over.

The women are expected to clear a physical fitness test, where they will have to complete a run of 1.6 km in seven minutes. They are also expected to perform a long jump of 10 feet and a high jump of three feet. Some level of relaxation may be given to the daughters of servicemen/ ex-servicemen, as well as the daughters/daughers-in-law/widows of martyrs.

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