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Meet Capt. Shiva Chauhan, the first female officer to be stationed at the Kumar post in Siachen Glacier.

The world’s highest battleground, the Siachen Glacier, now boasts its first operationally deployed female army officer Captain Shiva Chauhan.

After undergoing extensive training, the officer was sent to the Kumar post in Siachen, which is situated at an elevation of roughly 15,600 feet, on Monday for a three-month assignment, according to Army officials.

The group of Sappers tasked with performing various combat engineering tasks will be led by Captain Chouhan. (Twitter/Fire and Fury Corps)

The officer’s accomplishment was referred to as “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” in a tweet by the Leh-based Fire and Fire Corps.

According to the Army, Captain Chouhan will be in charge of the Sappers performing various combat engineering tasks. According to sources, the officer completed rigorous training at the Siachen Battle School, where she trained with Indian Army leaders and soldiers. According to them, the training included endurance exercises, ice wall climbing, avalanche and crevasse rescue drills, and survival training.

Women officers had previously been assigned to Siachen base camp, which is at an elevation of around 9,000 feet, as part of their regular assignments with the military.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called the action “an encouraging indication” and sent his best wishes to Capt. Chauhan. He also said he was pleased to see more women enlist in the military and that they should embrace every challenge.

Fantastic news! I am overjoyed to see more women enlist in the military and rise to every challenge. It is a positive development. I wish Captain Shiva Chauhan the best,” he tweeted.

At a height of about 20,000 feet, Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas is regarded as the highest militarised area in the world.


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