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Women officers in Army hope to serve in combat roles soon?

When Captain Divya Ajith leads the first all-women contingent of the Army this Republic Day, she will carry on her shoulders the hopes and aspirations of women officers to soon serve the nation in combat roles.

“We believe we are equal and second to none. We have already marched for the first time on the Army Day and now another first would be the Republic Day parade. So, yes, we do wish to be in the combat force.

“And I hope that this first for us will also come soon,” Ajith of the Corps of Army Air Defence told PTI.

Currently, the army does not have women in combat role. The 25-year-old officer already has a first to her credit. She was the first woman cadet in the history of the Army to have been awarded the prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’ at the passing out parade of the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai in 2010.

A multi-faceted personality, Ajith is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, percussionist
and well-versed in sports like basketball and discus throw.    
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