The first batch of Agniveers is ready, 341 are women sailors; All branches will be included - Navy Chief
The first batch of 3000 people is ready in the Navy under the Agneepath scheme. Of which 341 are women sailors. The boat will have women, sailors, for the first time and then from next year, women officers will also be inducted. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar gave this information.
He told that all the branches will be open for all. Reports of the first batch of Agniveers have come in, around 3,000 Agniveers have joined, out of which around 341 are women. Next year we are looking at inducting women officers in all branches and not just 7-8 branches which are limited to date.
Earlier, the Navy Chief had said that 'Agneepath' is a brilliant scheme, which has been introduced after "extensive deliberations and extensive study of how other armed forces have organized their manpower".
He said this on the sidelines of addressing a program on 'India's Naval Revolution: The Emerging Maritime Power' here. The Navy chief said the idea came to the fore around mid-2020 and it took about two years to materialize.
Need to bring down the age limit
During the dialogue, the moderator asked a question related to the 'Agneepath' scheme, in response to which Admiral Kumar said, it is a wonderful scheme and I think it was long-awaited and should have come many years ago.
He said that there is a recommendation in the Kargil Review Committee report that there is a need to bring down the age limit in the armed forces. The Navy Chief said that the average age at that time was 32 years and recommended that it should be brought down to around 25-26 years.