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Defence Minister takes historic decision to induct women in Corps of Military Police

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New Delhi, Jan 18: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has taken decision to induct women as jawans in Corps of Military Police in Army. The women will be inducted in a graded manner to eventually comprise 20 per cent of total Corps of Military Police of the Army.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. File photo

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had last year announced that the process to allow women in combat role, currently an exclusive domain of men, was moving fast and initially women will be recruited for positions in military police.

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Corps of Military Police (CMP) is the military police of the Indian Army. In addition, the CMP is trained to handle prisoners of war and to regulate traffic, as well as to handle basic telecommunication equipment such as telephone exchanges. They can be identified by their red berets, white lanyards and belts, and they also wear a black brassard with the letters MP imprinted in red.

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