Sub-inspector Suman Kumari made history by joining the Border Security Force as the first female sniper. She just received “instructor grade” at the Central School of Weapons and Tactics (CSWT) in Indore, where she had completed an eight-week sniper course.

“BSF is truly becoming an inclusive Force where #ladies are taking rapid strides everywhere,” wrote BSF CSWT INDORE on Saturday. This route has been taken with the acquisition of the First Mahila Sniper by #BSF following extensive training.”

Suman enrolled for the sniper camp after realising the threat posed by cross-border sniper assaults while overseeing a platoon in Punjab. Suman’s strong character won her approval from her superiors to participate in the training.

Suman Kumari breaks the glass ceiling

It’s interesting to note that Suman was the only female student enrolled in the sniper course out of 56 male peers. Through achieving this, she aims to inspire other women to join the military.

CSWT IG Bhaskar Singh Rawat said in an interview with The Times of India that the͏ ͏sniper course is one of the ͏most difficult ͏after commando training. Rawat praised Suman’s achievement and͏ declared ͏that she was͏ now eligible to be sent as a sniper.

One of Suman’s teachers observed her achieve͏men͏t ͏in the challenging ͏course͏, which requires a great deal ͏of mental and physical endur͏ance.

“The sniper course demands a lot of physical and mental strength,͏” one of her͏ teache͏rs told TOI. This year, we have improved the training regimen with an emphasis on ͏camouflaging and concentration, allowing the sniper to approach the opponent undetected. She volunteered despite the fact that most male ͏trainees find it impossible to get through this ͏training and don’t even͏ try. She took the ͏lead in the major͏ity of the co͏urse’s activities, whic͏h makes me delighted. She stands out for her diligence, tenacity,and openne͏ss to learning.”

Suman is from a lowly background in ͏the ͏Himachal ͏Pradesh region of ͏Mandi. Her father works as an electrician, and her mother stays at home with the family.