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When we don the uniform, we are just ‘fauzis’, gender is immaterial: Captain Tania Sher Gill

Captain Tania Sher Gill at 5′ 10” stands tall but when she leads a contingent during the ceremonial parade on the Republic Day, she will stand taller. The 26-year-old officer of the Corps of Signals, had recently created history by becoming the first woman Parade Adjutant to led all-men contingents during the Army Day function.

A graduate of the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, asked if she was feeling nervous or afraid of the big day, she said, “We have worked a lot during the parade rehearsals, trying to perfect the moves. There is no fear or nervousness.”

On January 26, the trailblazer officer will lead the contingent of the Corps of Signals, making her “family of faujis” and the nation proud. Wearing a khaki uniform and holding a ceremonial sword, as she marched down the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day Parade on Thursday, she was the cynosure of all eyes.

“It was a feeling of immense honour and great pride, a sense of achievement and worthiness, and absolute blessing,” said Gill, the fourth generation in her family to serve the Army. Gills says she comes from a family where “Army tales and anecdotes” were part of dinner table talks and morning walks and joining the armed forces came “very naturally” to her.

“I had applied while I was in the final year of my engineering course and later got selected. After my training at OTA, I got commissioned into the Corps of Signals in 2017. When the selection was on for the Parade Adjutant, I knew that if I would get selected, I would be the first woman to do that job in the parade’s history,” she said.

The Army Day Parade felt so fulfilling and the R-Day Parade will be “another feather” to her cap, she added.

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