IAF advises women fighter pilot trainees to delay their pregnancy by 4 years

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Days after the Indian Air Force announced it was inducting women officers in combat roles, it has advised its women trainees, soon to be commissioned as India’s first women fighter pilots, to delay their pregnancy for four years.

The IAF’s ‘advice’ has come in the wake of the rigorous training schedule involved.

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Vice Chief of the IAF Air Marshal B. S. Dhanoa said this during a media media interaction on Thursday.

The officer, however, said that this advisory was not legally binding andit was only to ‘ensure their own professional growth otherwise they will achieve an operational fighter pilot status very late.’

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Last week on International Women’s Day, the Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had said how India was likely to get its first women fighter pilots in June.

Three officers namely Bhawna Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh, according to Air Chief Marshal Raha, have volunteered for the fighter stream.

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They are currently undergoing the second phase of their training.

 

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