41-year-old Wing Commander, Anjali Singh becomes the first female Indian officer from the military to be posted as a military diplomat on any Indian mission abroad. Singh joined the Indian Embassy in Moscow, Russia as the Deputy Air Attache on 10th September 2019.
Air Attaché is an air force defence officer who is a part of the diplomatic mission. The Air Attaché represents the chief of his home air force in a foreign country.
Singh is an aeronautical engineer with the Indian Air Force (IAF) who has completed 17 years of service with the Indian military. She is trained on MiG-29 fighter jet. Up until now, in the history of India, only males officers from three services had been appointed as the military attaches in Indian missions abroad.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) constitutes the highest number of female officials as compared to Navy and
Army with about 13% women. The Navy has 6% and the Army has only 3.80% female workforce.
Thus, an Indian female like Anjali Singh receiving such a high position is a proud moment for the entire nation.
After becoming the first female military diplomat, the Indian Embassy in Moscow congratulated her by tweeting “Wing Commander Anjali Singh joined @IndEmbMoscow on 10th Sep as the Deputy Air Attache. 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”
Anjali Singh is a married woman and a mother of an eight-year-old boy. She originally hails from Bihar and was prior to becoming the first female military diplomat, posted to Jodhpur.