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Adjust with officers’ working wives, says Army Chief

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Tribune News Service

Gen Bikram SinghNew Delhi, December 26
In an acknowledgement of changed times, Army Chief General Bikram Singh has asked Formation Commanders to work out schedules of family-oriented programmes to suit career-oriented wives of officers. He has also asked Commanders to discourage the use of officers’ messes as “five-star hotels”.

The General, in his instructions issued this week, directed that spouses of all ranks should be groomed to fulfil their role in the organisation, but added a caveat: Formation Commanders should understand the compulsions of working wives and adjust programmes to suit their schedules.

More and more young Army officers have full-time working wives and many of them have high-pressure jobs such as MBAs, doctors and bankers. The career-women find it difficult to take time off to attend meetings and functions of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA).

The Army Chief’s wife heads AWWA, technically a non-governmental organisation. At the Army Commands, the Commander’s wife heads AWWA and the wife of the senior-most commander heads the local unit. In Army hierarchy, wives are an integral part and the wife of the senior-most officer at the base is considered senior-most.

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