Women's Rights

In photos: female Afghan army officers receive tactical, weapons training overseas

Salaam Times

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An Afghan army cadet prepares to fire at a target during a practice session at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

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Afghan army cadets prepare for a training programme at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

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An Afghan army cadet aims at a target during a practice session at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

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Afghan army cadets aim at targets during a practice session at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

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Afghan army cadets march during a training programme at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

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Afghan army cadets take part in a march during a training programme at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

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Afghan army cadets aim at a target during a practice session at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

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Afghan army cadets take part in a firing exercise during a training programme at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

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An Afghan army cadet aims at a target during a practice session at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

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An Afghan female cadet handles an AK-47 rifle during a training programme at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

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Afghan army cadets march before a firing exercise at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

CHENNAI, India -- Twenty female Afghan National Army (ANA) cadets have just completed a four-week training programme at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai, India.

The training began on November 24, the Times of India reported.

The curriculum includes physical training, weapons training, tactical training, leadership, human-resource management and information technology as well as English-language instruction.

This is the third year in a row that women from the ANA have been trained at the OTA. Last year, 19 female ANA officers took part in the month-long special combat training programme. In 2017, 20 Afghan women took part in the training.

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An Afghan army cadet aims at a target during a practice session at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on December 12. [Arun SANKAR / AFP]

The OTA is the only military training establishment in India for both men and women. It has been training men from Afghanistan's military for several years.

Afghanistan's Defence Ministry aims to recruit 5,000 more women to join the ANA in a bid to make the military more representative of Afghanistan's population and to help conduct more-efficient search operations.

More than 2,000 women are serving in the ANA, said Fawad Aman, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence.

Dozens of Afghan female soldiers receive military training "outside the country and hundreds more in the country", he said.

A number of female soldiers soon will travel to the United Arab Emirates to receive military training, said Munera Yousufzada, deputy defence minister for education and personnel, December 19.

"For the first time, an agreement was reached to send a number of female military personnel to train in the coming year and the next," she wrote on Facebook.

[Najibullah from Kabul contributed to this report.]

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Very good. With the hope of the day as Afghanistan is free of pain and fighting.

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Women's presence in all governmental spheres is very good. Afghan government has provided good conditions for women in government departments, particularly in Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police; however, the basic problem is that the work place which had to be provided for them in such a way, is not provided. And the women themselves should understand this problem and create a desirable environment without dependence on others so that no one can use them for destroying their rivals or to be used as other people’s means.

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I dont agree this action

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I also want to come.

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