Navy to grant permanent commission to women Indo-Asian News Service, New Delhi Indian Navy’s women officers’ contingent at Republic Day parade. (PTI File Photo) The Indian Navy on Wednesday announced that women completing seven years in the service will get permanent commission. Three women officers had moved the Supreme Court seeking reinstatement in the Navy. They have now been called for their medical tests for the permanent commission. Navy is the last of the three armed forces in the country to allow permanent commission to women. While the Army and Air Force allow permanent commission for women, the Navy had limited women officers only to short service commission of 14 years. Women naval officers were not eligible for pension as it required 20 years of service. The Indian Navy had moved the Supreme Court in October 2015 challenging an order of the Delhi high court asking it to grant permanent commission to 17 women officers who retired after their short service commission ended in 2006. A total of 17 short service commission women officers had moved various writ petitions seeking permanent commissions. The verdict on the remaining petitions is also expected soon. In November last year, the apex court had barred the Navy from releasing 17 women officers, who had challenged the government’s decision to extend permanent commission to women officers in education, law and naval architecture to those who joined after September 2008. Last year, the Indian Air Force announced induction of women in fighter stream, the first of the three forces to allow women in combat role. The decision, however, is on “experimental basis” for five years.