55 Tamil women soldiers join national service

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 00:30 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A batch of 55 women soldiers joined active duty at a passing out ceremony held at the Sri Lanka Army’s 4th Signal Corps Parade Ground in Anuradhapura on 18 December. This is the first-ever batch of women recruits of mixed cultures to pass out and join national service in the annals of Sri Lankan military history. It also reflects the inroads which have been made under the post-war reconciliation process in promoting social cohabitation and peace building. The batch of 45 Tamil and 10 Sinhala recruits who were recruited to the Army in August had undergone a three-month training prior to their passing out. They were recruited from Batticaloa, Wanni, Mullaitivu and Kandy. In addition to the standard military training, the recruits were also given a basic training in non-military subjects such as beauty culture, floral arrangement, interior decoration and bridal dressing. The passing out was graced by Security Forces Commander – Wanni Major General Boniface Perera. Woman recruit Divya Dharmanayagan was adjudged the best recruit. The Tamil woman soldiers will be posted to serve in the northern areas to assist in the peace building and reconciliation programs presently underway there, said the Ministry of Defence.