Tania Shergill, an officer with the Army’s Corps of Signals will be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day Parade, reports The New Indian Express. An adjutant shoulders the responsibility of executing the entire parade. This is a major milestone for women in defense. Shergill is an electronics and communication graduate from Priyadarshini College of Engineering and Technology who was commissioned by the army in March 2017 from the Officer Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the resources revealed.Shergill, who hails from Hoshiarpur Punjab, also led the Army day parade at Delhi, yesterday.

Shergill’s association with the Indian army spans generations though, as her father, grandfather and great-grandfather have also served in uniform.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Captain Tania Shergill will be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day Parade.
  • An adjutant is responsible for executing the parade.
  • Hailing from an army background, she is a fourth-generation Army officer.
  • Commissioned in March 2017, she is an electronics and communication graduate.

Captian Tania Shergill, an officer with the Army’s Corps of Signals will be the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day Parade in our country.

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Republic Day 2020

This year’s Republic Day Parade will have Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as the Chief Guest. Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP-2K of the 18 Mechanised Infantry, Dhanush Gun System and the Army Air Defence will be seen on the Rajpath in New Delhi for the 71st Republic Day. Moreover, contingents of the Corps of Signals, Sikh Light Infantry, Kumaon Regiment, the Grenadiers, and the Parachute Regiment will mark their presence in the grandest of celebrations of the framing of Indian Constitution.

Shergill is an electronics and communication graduate from Priyadarshini College of Engineering and Technology who was commissioned by the army in March 2017 from the Officer Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Women in The Army

As per the statistics released in December 2018, less than 4 percent of women are recruited in the Indian Army, that too in support roles only. However, some notable measures have been taken in the past couple of years to change the male-dominated scenario. Recently, the first batch of women military police started its training for recruitment in 2021. In September last year, the Indian army announced that it was going to grant women entry in eight more streams within the force as permanent commissioned officers.

The Republic Day parade has become a way for the army to not only display its strength but also showcase diversity and inclusion, by showcasing women power in its ranks each year. Last year, Software-engineer-turned-army-officer, Captain Shikha Surabhi became the first and only woman ever to join the Indian Army’s Corps of Signals Daredevils Motorcycle Display team, while Captain Bhavna Kasturi was the first woman officer to lead an all-men contingent.

Saavriti is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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