Captain Divya Ajith Kumar inspiring women to join the armed forces

Captain Divya Ajith Kumar is an officer of the Indian Army of AAD (Army Air Defence). She passed out from OTA, Chennai. She is the first woman to write her name in a fresh page of Indian Army history by becoming the first Lady Cadet to be conferred by the Army with the coveted 'Sword of Honour'. She led all women contingent of 154 women officers and cadets during the Republic Day 2015 parade.

Early life
Captain Divya Ajith Kumar born in Chennai to a Tamil family. She did her schooling in Chennai and went to Stella Maris College, Chennai.

Military Career
Captain Divya Ajith Kumar was commissioned into Corps of Army Air Defence on September 2010. Captain Divya Ajith Kumar led the first all-women contingent of the Army on Republic Day (26 January 2015).She led a contingent of 154 women officers and cadets during the parade, where US President Barack Obama was present as the chief guest. Nearly 200 women officers from all over the country had come down to the OTA, and after a rigorous selection process, 126 officers, and 28 women cadets from the academy were selected for the parade. Captain Divya Ajith Kumar was selected to lead the contingent. She now teaches at Officers Training Academy in Chennai she travels to schools and colleges to talk to students and inspire them to consider a life serving the nation by choosing a career in the Armed Forces. She is inspiring many women to join the armed forces. She joined NCC (National Cadet Corps) which inspired her to join Indian Army and participated in NCC women contingent in Raj path and later joined OTA ( Officers training academy). She passed from OTA (Officers training academy). Divya Ajith Kumar became the first woman in the history of the Indian Army to receive the coveted ‘Sword of Honour' prize, which is awarded to the best cadet, where she passed with a total of 244 cadets, including 63 women. She is also a multi-faceted personality, Divya is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, percussionist and well-versed in sports like basketball and discus throw.

Misogyny, sexual harassment, verbal and physical violence and gender bias was a troublesome for girls in all the ages. But out of all the bounds Captain Divya came out of all the bounds and was the first woman to join armed forces.Be silly. Stop hiding behind the internet. Stop hiding in general. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Cultivate nonconformity and insouciance. When you make your peace with authority, you become authority. Have some ambition, learn courage. Most of the time tears are pointless. Be financially independent so that you love only for love. Accept the ageing process by simply considering the alternative. Don’t have any kind of operation that makes you look like a doll or a statue or a duck. Worklife balance is an urban myth. As she shows so well, being a woman is a nice job, if you can get it.

Because she wants more women to join the Army. Although she now teaches at Officers Training Academy in Chennai she travels to schools and colleges to talk to students and inspire them to consider a life serving the nation by choosing a career in the Armed Forces.



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