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Army’s first batch of women de-miners graduate

A woman soldier of the Sri Lanka Army in a de-mining exercise.
A woman soldier of the Sri Lanka Army in a de-mining exercise.

Adding significance to ongoing de-mining role, the Sri Lanka Army initiated to train women cadres to perform de-mining, for the first time.

For this programme, the Sri Lanka Army Office of Chief Field Engineer, Corp of Engineers, took the responsibility with the direction of the Army Commander in line with the Army’s ‘Way Forward Strategy 2020–2025’.

This programme was initiated for two women’s batches including three lady officers and 51 Other Rankers. As a motto of the Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps, ‘the powerful mind is the strongest weapon’, they went through a tough physical and mental de-mining training programme for three months.

The first course of Sri Lanka Army Women De-miners’ training was conducted in Boo Oya, Vavuniya, and the second in Mailaddy, Jaffna.

Their day started before the first light, and training included physical training, lectures, practical sessions, etc., with mine handling technology in keeping with universal standards. These young Army women graduates can now handle humanitarian de-mining anywhere in the world.

The certificate awarding ceremony of the first-ever Sri Lanka Army women de-miners was held at the Army headquarters on September 8, with Army Commander Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage as the chief guest.

 


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