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Sub-Inspector Suman Kumari Makes History as BSF’s First Female Sniper

Sub-Inspector Suman Kumari has etched her name in history as the first woman sniper of the Border Security Force (BSF). Her recent completion of an eight-week intensive sniper course at the Central School of Weapons and Tactics (CSWT) in Indore not only showcases her exceptional abilities but also her pioneering spirit. Suman achieved the prestigious ‘instructor grade’, a testament to her proficiency and expertise.

A Determined Volunteer

Suman’s journey to becoming a sniper began with her volunteering for the challenging course. Her decision was fueled by firsthand experiences of the sniper threat across the border while she was commanding a platoon in Punjab. Recognizing her determination and potential, her superiors green-lit her participation in the course. This marked the beginning of a grueling but fulfilling journey for Suman.

Standing Tall Among Peers

The course, known for its rigorous physical and mental demands, saw Suman as the lone female among 56 male counterparts. This did not deter her; instead, it served as a motivation to excel and prove her mettle. Her hard work and dedication paid off, as she not only completed the course but did so with flying colors, earning her the right to be posted as a sniper instructor.

Inspiration for Many

CSWT IG Bhaskar Singh Rawat hailed Suman’s achievement as a significant milestone, emphasizing the sniper course’s reputation as one of the toughest, second only to commando training. Suman’s success is seen as an inspiration for other female recruits, encouraging them to explore and excel in similar military roles.

A Humble Background

Hailing from Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh, Suman comes from a humble background. Her father, an electrician, and her mother, a homemaker, have been her pillars of support throughout her journey. Joining the BSF in 2021, Suman has also demonstrated her prowess in unarmed combat, further highlighting her versatile skill set.

Suman Kumari’s journey from a small town in Himachal Pradesh to becoming the BSF’s first woman sniper is a story of perseverance, skill, and breaking traditional barriers. Her achievements not only underscore the changing dynamics in defense roles for women but also pave the way for future female soldiers to follow in her footsteps.

Important takeaways for all Competitive Exams

  •  BSF Founder: Khusro Faramurz Rustamji;
  •  BSF  Founded: 1 December 1965;
  •  BSF  Director General: Nitin Agarwal, IPS.

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