Thirty six (36) recently-enlisted Tamil Woman Soldiers passed out during a colorful Passing out Parade at Sri Lanka Army's Security Forces Headquarters 22 Division, Trincomalee on Saturday (Aug. 23).
The 36 Tamil women recruits of 5(V) Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps (SLAWC) were passed out on successful completion of four months training at 5 (V) SLAWC. Brigadier R Shanmuganathan graced the event as the Chief Guest and the Commander Security Forces (East) Major General SAAL Perera participated as the Guest of Honour.
Apart from the scheduled military training, they received Sinhala and English language proficiencies, computer literacy and self-employment awareness. During the training period they were also taken on field journeys where they had the joy of visiting different places in the country.
Trophies were awarded to the best overall performances during the session. In addition, with a view of providing them with an easy mode of transport, eight scooters were also distributed among the outstanding recruits by the Commander Security Force (East) Major Gen. Perera.
Direct recruitment of Tamil women as woman soldiers to the Sri Lanka Army amply confirms the fact that the Army, contrary to allegations, made by some quarters, does not discriminate on ethnicity as such when it matters to recruitment of soldiers to the organization.
Religious Dignitaries, Government Officials, Senior Military and Police Officers were also present at the event.