Chennai: For the first time, five women officers from the Kyrgyzstan Defence Forces are undergoing training at the Officers Training Academy here which is the only institution in India that train women officers for the Indian Army and lady officers from friendly foreign countries.
“India and Kyrgyzstan share a close relationship and are working together to reinforce their bilateral ties through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme. To strengthen military co-operation, five women officers from the Kyrgyzstan Defence Forces arrived at OTA, Chennai 15 April to get acquainted with the various facets of military training of women Officers in the making,” said a statement from the Academy.
This is not the first time that lady officers from other country are trained in India. Initially, lady cadets from Bhutan were trained at OTA, Chennai. Subsequently, cadets from Seychelles, Uganda, Maldives and Afghanistan also started getting trained here. OTA has emerged as an international centre of excellence for the training of women cadets and has trained 411 officers from friendly foreign countries to date.
The Kyrgyz women officers were provided obstacle training, weapon training, lectures and demonstrations on tactical subjects, swimming and equestrian training.