WOMEN IN NEPALESE ARMY
As part of a modernization process to meet
the challenges of the 21st century, the Nepalese Army has transformed
into an equal opportunities employer and has actively started
enrolling women soldiers for different tasks and appointments.
Even though the concept of women soldiers is not new in the
Nepalese Army, it has never before reached the proportions of
today. The Nepalese Army has been recruiting women soldiers
for the last forty years. Today women soldiers are viewed as
equals to their male counterparts. The total number of women
in the Army at present is 1073. The Army aims to maintain a
5 per cent female work force. Listed below are some of the fields
in which women soldiers are on active duty.
- Nursing Service: The Nepalese Army started recruiting
women nurses since 1961 AD. Today women constitute about 22
per cent of the total staff at Birendra Military Hospital.
- Medical Doctor: The first lady doctor was enrolled
in 1969 AD. Today, the Nepalese Army has more than 54 lady
doctors in active
- Engineers:The Nepalese Army started recruiting women
engineers since 2004 AD. Women engineers currently work as
Civil and Computer Engineers.
- Legal Service: The legal service opened up for women
in 1998 AD. Since then, there has been a steady influx of
lady officers in the Nepalese Army Legal Department.
- Parachute Folders in the Parachute Regiment:Women
were enrolled as parachute folders since 1965 AD Parajumping
for women para folders commenced in 1969 AD and the practice
has been continuing to date.
Since 2060 BS, a number of other services have opened up for women soldiers. They are as follows:
- Military Police: : Women soldiers have been active
in the military police, a service which enforces discipline
in the Army.
- Signalers: Today more and more women are working
- Office staffs:: No office is complete without the
support of the office staffs that play a vital role in dispatching
important documents and daily maintenance of the office premises.
Today women soldiers are largely responsible for such jobs
in the Army.
- Army Band: Women soldiers have shouldered their fair
share of ceremonial duties through the Army Band.
- Military Drivers: Today women soldiers are slowly
taking over the job of driving light vehicles.
- Military Clerks: Women have been involved in important
clerical jobs in the Army since 1969.
- Aircraft Technicians: Women soldiers have found employment
in the Air Serviceas well.
- Combat, Combat Support and Combat Service Support Arms: women of various
ranks are currently employed in various Combat, Combat Support and Combat Service Support Arms.
Inclusion of Female in Nepalese Army:
Female enrolment in Nepalese Army began in 1962. Current status of women participation in the Nepalese Army is shown in the table below:
In the Nepalese Army there are a total of 1073 female personnel in all ranks, which makes 1.2% of the total army strength. The Nepalese Army aims to maintain a 5% female work force of the total strength, which is not very different from most foreign militaries. Among the officers of the Nepalese Army, female officers make up 7.49 %.
Junior Commission and Non- Commission Female Officers constitute 8.01% and 64.77% respectively of the total female strength.