Colonel Noreen Shanet John has made history by becoming the first lady officer to take over command of a training battalion responsible for training Agniveers. This is a remarkable achievement and an important milestone for women in the Indian Armed Forces.
Colonel Noreen Shanet John is an officer of the Madras Engineering Group (MEG) and Centre, which is one of the oldest and most distinguished engineering units of the Indian Army. The MEG and Centre is responsible for providing engineering support to the Indian Armed Forces, including the construction of roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.
As a senior officer of the MEG and Centre, Colonel John has served in a variety of roles and has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Indian Armed Forces. Colonel Noreen Shanet John also served as a GTO officer at SSB Allahabad.
Colonel John’s appointment as the commanding officer of a training battalion responsible for training Agniveers is a significant step forward for women in the Indian Armed Forces. It demonstrates that women are capable of leading and commanding in all areas of military service, including in traditionally male-dominated fields such as engineering and logistics.
The Indian Armed Forces have made significant strides in recent years to increase the participation of women in the military. In 2016, the government announced that women would be allowed to serve in combat roles, including in the infantry, artillery, and armored corps. Since then, women have made steady progress in the armed forces, with more women being recruited and promoted to senior positions.
Colonel John’s appointment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of women in the Indian Armed Forces. It is also a sign of the growing recognition of the important role that women can play in the military. Women have proven themselves to be capable and competent leaders, and they are an essential part of the Indian Armed Forces.
We wish Colonel John success in her new role and hope that she will continue to inspire other women to pursue careers in the armed forces.