Women in Nepal Army
The Nepalese Army has been recruiting women soldiers for the last forty years. In the Nepalese Army there are a total number of 1776 female personnel in all ranks, which makes 1.91% of the total force. The Nepalese Army has aim 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 in the general service is 134 while the technical officers counts to 172. Junior Commission, Non- Commission Female Officers and other ranks include 1236 in general service and 234 in technical service.
As part of a modernization process, to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the Nepalese Army has transformed itself into an equal opportunities employer and has actively started enrolling women soldiers in different posts. Even though, the concept of women soldiers is not new in Nepalese Army, it has never before reached the proportions of today. Women soldiers are viewed as equals to their male counterparts in these days.
Women soldiers are active in Nursing Service, Medical Doctor, Engineers, Legal Service, and Parachute Folders in the Parachute Regiment, Military Police, Signalers, and Office staffs, Army Band, Military Drivers, Military Clerks, Aircraft Technicians, Combat, Combat Support and Combat Service Support Arms.