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Meet Subedar Preeti Rajak, First Female Subedar in the Indian Army

Currently ranked sixth in India in the trap women event, Subedar Rajak is rigorously preparing at the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) for the upcoming Paris Olympic Games 2024.

In an unprecedented and inspiring move, Havildar Preeti Rajak, a distinguished trap shooter, has etched her name in history by becoming the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Subedar in the Indian Army. This landmark achievement came to fruition on a Sunday, symbolizing a monumental step forward for the Indian Army and serving as a beacon of empowerment for women across the nation.

Subedar Preeti Rajak‘s journey to this remarkable milestone commenced in December 2022 when she enlisted in the Corps of Military Police. Her entry into the army was notable, marking her as the first meritorious sportswoman in the shooting discipline to be enrolled at the rank of Havildar.

The Indian Army, in a statement, heralded this promotion as a proud moment for the military establishment and the women of India. “Today, Havildar Preeti Rajak, trap shooter, was promoted to the rank of Subedar,” the Army proclaimed, emphasizing the significance of her achievement as an extraordinary display of ‘Nari Shakti’ (women’s power).

Rajak’s promotion to Subedar is groundbreaking, making her the pioneer female Subedar in the Indian Army’s storied history. Her journey began with her joining the Army in the Corps of Military Police on December 22, 2022, as the first meritorious sportswoman in shooting to be enlisted as a Havildar.

Her prowess in trap shooting was globally recognized at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, where she clinched a silver medal in the trap women team event. This exceptional performance earned her an out-of-turn promotion to Subedar, a testament to the Army’s recognition and appreciation of meritorious service and excellence in sports.

Currently ranked sixth in India in the trap women event, Subedar Rajak is rigorously preparing at the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) for the upcoming Paris Olympic Games 2024. Her dedication and achievements have not only set a precedent but are also expected to inspire countless young women to pursue careers in the Indian Army and excel in professional shooting.

The Army also took this opportunity to recognize the achievements of Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee Subedar Major and Honorary Lieutenant Jitu Rai, who was promoted to Subedar Major and Honorary Captain for his meritorious service.

Subedar Preeti Rajak’s ascent to this prestigious rank is a significant milestone in the annals of the Indian Army, highlighting the evolving role of women in the military and their potential to achieve greatness in various fields, including sports. Her story is a powerful testament to the spirit of ‘Nari Shakti’ and is sure to inspire a new generation of women to break barriers and pursue their dreams with determination and courage.

The Editorial Team at SSBCrack consists of professional writers, journalists and defence aspirants.
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