The Indian Navy will now include 20% of female candidates to form the first batch of Agniveers for the Agnipath recruitment scheme: Officials from the Indian Navy.
In the first batch of the Agniveers recruitment scheme, the Indian Navy plans to hire 20% women. The women sailors recruited under the new four-year term Agnipath scheme will be sent to different parts and branches of the Indian Navy.
Under the Agnipath initiative, the Indian Navy will hire 3,000 sailors, including men and women, during the current financial year.
The Indian Navy now allows women to join the force as sailors, who will also be deployed on warships depending on operational needs. However, the Navy has not yet finalized the final number of women among the 3000 naval “Agniveers” that it will induct in 2022.
Earlier, it was reported that around 10,000 females had registered for the process within days of opening the portal. Following the registration, the Indian Navy’s online application procedure will start on July 15 and run until July 30. Online registration started on July 1.
Twenty percent of the naval Agniveers will be women, subject to their meeting the required criteria, a navy official said. The Navy will recruit female sailors through this new scheme for the first time.
The Agnipath initiative, which was unveiled on June 14, aims to hire young people between the ages of 17.5 and 21 for only four years, with an opportunity to keep 25% of them for an additional 15 years. However, the upper age limit has been extended to 23 years.
The three services are expected to hire 46,000 people under the plan this year, and the number will rise in subsequent years.
The Navy has already announced that the application window will run from July 15 to July 30 and that the examination and physical fitness testing will take place in mid-October.
The medical procedure will take place in November, and the first batch of recruits will join the training programme at INS Chilka in Odisha by November 21.
The establishment will also have accommodation facilities and training for women sailors.