combat forces Current Affairs - 2020

Supreme Court permits Permanent Commissioning of Women Officers in Defence

On February 17, 2020, the Supreme Court of India upheld the judgement of Delhi High Court over the issue of commissioning of women officers in Indian Army.

Highlights

The Supreme Court has granted permission to commission women officers in the Indian Army.

Earlier, permanent service commission for women were not allowed, especially in combat units. They were pertained to combat support units such as law, education and logistics. Also, women were not appointed at the level of officers in the combat units.

The judgement was pronounced by Justice D Y Chandrachud.

Background

The High Court of Delhi in 2010 had instructed the GoI to provide permanent commissioning of women officers in the Indian Army. The GoI in 2010 had argued that women are physiologically weak and are not as efficient as men when it comes to leading a combat unit. This was countered then and now by both Delhi HC and the apex court.

Now, SC has upheld this ruling pronouncing that permanent commissioning is allowed to all women officers irrespective of the years of services.

US will not send ground troops in Iraq

US President Barack Obama has insisted that US ground troops will not return to Iraq despite proposals from his top military commander who suggested that the option of sending combat troops to Iraq may be considered later if the airstrikes and the coalition seem ineffective against ISIS.
Addressing the US Central Command in Florida, President repeated his earlier plan that U.S. troops “do not and will not have a combat mission” in Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “After a decade of massive ground deployments, it is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries’ futures,” he said. “And that’s the only solution that will succeed over the long term.” General doesn’t
“As your commander in chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq”. The President said that US will use its unique capabilities of air-strikes against the ISIS alongwith the help of its coalition partners who will take care of the ground offensive and help secure their own territory.
President also said that missions where US takes over all the roles alone and not involve the forces of the country under question, the real problem starts when the US forces leave.

The hypothetical remark by Obama’s top military advisor had created much flutter in the country. The Americans who support their President for the use of air-strikes in Iraq and Syria against the growing strength of ISIS, are still averse to the idea of a complete combat mission of American troops participating in the war. Obama clarified that the US advisors in Iraq will only help in training the local army and also for gathering intelligence.