No longer a male bastion, Assam Rifles gets its first women’s contingent
Women Cadets of Assam Rifles Trained In Assam Rifles Training Centre And School In Nagaland
GUWAHATI, 08 April 2016
The 181-year-old Assam Rifles, India’s oldest paramilitary force, is no longer a male bastion.
On Wednesday, the Assam Rifles (AR) inducted 100 women among 212 recruits who were put through a year-long training programme and graduated in the passing-out parade at the Assam Rifles Training Centre and School in Nagaland’s Shokhuvi.
The AR, under dual control of the home and defence ministries, broke tradition last March to admit 127 women for training at its school in Dimapur town. They were selected through recruitment rallies conducted across the country. Of the 100, 27 trainees didn’t clear the programme either on medical grounds or failed to clear basic tests… READ MORE
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