The government on Wednesday informed Rajya Sabha that women officers make up for 2.56 per cent of the total strength of the Indian Army at present.
"Until 1991, women were not eligible for recruitment to the Army. Following government approval, induction of women officers in select branches in the Army commenced in 1992 on an experimental basis with an initial tenure of five-year service," Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in a written reply to a question.
Recently, government had issued orders extending the tenure of women officers to 14 years.
He said annual intake of women officers in Army was gradually improving with 141 women joining in 2005 as against 150 vacancies.
"Earlier, women officers used to get only one promotion as Captain after five years of reckonable service during a total tenure of 10 years of service.
With the extended tenure, they will now get three promotions -- to the rank of Captain, Major and Lt Colonel after 2, 6 and 13 years of reckonable service respectively," he added.