Explicit training given to 868 recruits in women’s parade at Nagaland Assam Rifles Center
The Passing Out Parade (POP) was attended by Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (Retd) Dr B D Mishra on Wednesday in the presence of Lt Gen PC Nair, AVSM, YSM, Director General Assam Rifles and other senior officers, the statement said.
Eight hundred and sixty eight new women were recruited in the Assam Rifles Center and School in Shokhuvi, Nagaland on Wednesday. According to an official statement, a parade was held to mark the completion of 44 weeks of “hard training in war craft, weapons handling, jungle lane shooting and other expertise in counter-terrorist operations”. This time, the Passing Out Parade (POP) was unique as it had only female recruits and the parade was led by Major Sita Shelke. The recruits, who will now be called riflewomen, will join their respective units in all frontline duties.
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The POP was attended by Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (Retd) Dr B D Mishra on Wednesday in the presence of Lt Gen PC Nair, AVSM, YSM, Director General Assam Rifles and other senior officers, the statement said. Addressing the programme, Governor Mishra congratulated the recruits and their parents as they shed light on the rich history of the Assam Rifles and its diverse role.
Mishra called upon the recruits to keep pace with technology and serve the nation with utmost sincerity.
The Arunachal Pradesh Governor also said that the job of women soldiers is more challenging than that of their male counterparts as they have to perform their duties apart from taking care of their families, the statement said.
The Assam Rifles is the oldest paramilitary force in India. From 2015, it had started inducting rifle women in all frontline duties.
These women have proved their mettle not only in the North East region but also in the missions of Jammu and Kashmir and the United Nations. To date, the Assam Rifles has 36 rifle women stationed in the Kashmir Valley and over 34 have served in the Golan Heights, Israel (UNDOF) and United Nations missions in the Congo (MONUSCO).
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