Sri Lanka Army enlisted one hundred and nine Tamil female soldiers
Sri Lanka Army ceremonially enlisted one hundred and nine Tamil females from Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu districts, into the 6 Women's Corps, with the participation of their family members.
The ceremony was held at Army training school at Barathipuram, Kilinochchi on Saturday 17 November.
Kilinochchi security forces headquarters officials carried out an extensive recruitment drive and hundred and nine were chosen in the initial step among the Tamil females eagerly competed in the enlistment formalities.
More than 200 Tamil girls from Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu applied for recruitment to the Army under the project and after three rounds of interviews selected the best out of them for enlistment. Though the Army has a fair number of Tamils and Muslims serving the organization, this was the first time such a mass scale direct recruitment of Tamil girls ever took place, either in the regular force or in the volunteer force.
Those 109 female recruits from Kilinochchi- Mullaitivu based families and after their enlistment will commence their preliminary training at Kilinochchi itself at the Advanced Infantry Training School, managed by the 57 Division Headquarters.
After training, these woman soldiers are to be deployed in Kilinochchi area to assist civil-military coordination work and other related administrative matters.
The occasion was graced by Kilinochchi Security Forces Commander Major General Udaya Perera as the chief guest and the parents of the Tamil female recruits were given a certificate as a symbolic gesture at the ceremony.
Religious dignitaries, Mrs. Rupavathi Kethieswaran, Government Agent Kilinochchi, former Government Agent T. Rasanayagm, Odduchuddan Divisional Secretary T.Sureshkumar, Mrs. Geethanjalie Naguleshwaran, SLFP Organizer of Kilinochchi disdrict, Senior Security Forces and Police officials, state officials, parents and their relations were present at the event.
The day’s event received special recognition as the Tamil Culture Society in Kilinochchi offered its assistance to the occasion by presenting eye-catching features of Tamil performing artists. Recital of the Army Song towards the end of the day’s agenda signalled the culmination of the proceedings.
- Asian Tribune -