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Suman Kumari Becomes BSF’s First Female Sniper

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Suman Kumari, a sub-inspector, has made history by being the first female sniper in the Border Security Force. She recently earned ‘instructor grade’ after completing an eight-week sniper course at the Central School of Weapons and Tactics (CSWT) in Indore.

“BSF is truly becoming an inclusive Force where #ladies are taking rapid strides everywhere. In a step in this direction, after rigorous training, #BSF has got the First #Mahila Sniper,” posted BSF CSWT INDORE on Saturday.

Suman saw the threat of cross-border sniper attacks while leading a platoon in Punjab, and he volunteered for the sniper course. Suman’s supervisors gave her permission to enroll in the course after observing her tenacity.

It’s interesting to note that Suman was the only female student in the sniper course out of 56 male classmates. It is anticipated that her accomplishment will encourage more female recruits to enlist in the military.

In an interaction with The Times of India, CSWT IG Bhaskar Singh Rawat highlighted that the sniper course is one of the toughest after commando training. Rawat hailed Suman’s achievement and shared that she was now eligible to get posted as a sniper instructor.

One of her instructors highlighted how Suman excelled in the course which requires a lot of physical and mental strength.

“The sniper course demands a lot of physical and mental strength. We have enhanced the trained regime this year with focus on concentration and camouflaging so that the sniper can get closer to the enemy without being detected. Most male trainees find it difficult to survive this training and do not even attempt the course but she volunteered. I am happy to say that she was leading in most activities during the course. Her hard work, determination and willingness to learn make her stand out,” one of her instructors told TOI.

About BSF sub-inspector Suman Kumari

Hailing from Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh, Suman comes from a humble family. Her father works as an electrician and her mother is a homemaker.

She joined BSF in 2021. She is also qualified in unarmed combat.

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