70th republic day will be celebrated on 26th January 2019 and it will be special this time because for the first time in Indian Army’s history, Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi, a lady officer, will lead a contingent of 144 personnel in the Republic day Parade. Lt. Bhavana Kasturi joined the officers; training academy in October 2015 after clearing the NCC 38 special entry with AIR-4. Lt. Bhavana Kasturi will be leading the Indian Army Service Corps contingent which is participating after a gap of 23 years in the army day parade. Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will take salute on this occasion.
After rehearsal parade, Lt. Bhavana Kasturi said, “This is the first time ever a lady officer is leading the contingent. Earlier, never a lady officer led a jawans contingent. Boys are putting too much effort and we have been practising since past one year.” “Our centre is in Bangalore and I’m coming from our regimental centre and it’s been six months we are practising. Along with me, there are two male officers from the centre are practising as contingent commanders”. “This shows the kind of acceptance, the change and the evolutions which is happening in the entire organization. This shows acceptance for woman officers also.”
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