In a major step towards gender equality, Wing Commander Anjali Singh has become the first woman from the armed forces to be posted as a military diplomat.
Singh assumed the position of Deputy Air Attaché on September 10 when she joined the Indian embassy in Moscow.
Announcing her new role the Indian Embassy in Moscow tweeted on Monday:
“Wing Commander Anjali Singh joined @IndEmbMoscow on 10th Sep as the Deputy Air Attaché. She enjoys the distinction of being the first female Indian Armed Forces Officer to be posted as a military diplomat in any of the Indian missions abroad.”
So far all defence attaches from all 3 wings of the armed forces — Army, Navy and Air Force — have been male officers.
Coming from the Aeronautical engineering branch of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Singh has 17 years of service and has also been trained on MiG-29 aircraft.
Meanwhile, the Navy has begun the process of identifying women officers for diplomacy roles, the move is awaited for the Army as the position requires a Colonel rank and above, which women officers have only recently started assuming those positions.
Defence attaches are sent for missions abroad to facilitate defence cooperation, training, procurement and security operations.