Afghan women officers train at Indian military academy

Afghan army cadets take part in a firing excercise during a training programme at the Officers Training Academy in the Indian city of Chennai on Dec 11. (AFP)

From shooting an AK-47 to dealing with computer-simulated sieges, 20 Afghan women officers are being put through their paces at a military training academy in India.

They are the first Afghan women to attend the academy in the south Indian city of Chennai, which has been training men from the country’s military for several years. The women receive weapons training and learn tactics and logistical and navigational skills at the academy, the only military training establishment in India for both men and women.

This week they were taught how to use an AK-47 and given classroom training in ambush situations. The three-week crash course ends on Dec 24 and is reported to be a pilot for a full training scheme being planned for next year as part of the Afghan National Army’s efforts to recruit more women. (AFP)

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