Imphal: 22-year-old Ch Enoni from Senapati district has made her friends and family proud by joining the Indian Army.
Hailing from remote Rabunamei village under Maram sub-division of Senapati district, Enoni Mao is the first woman from the Naga community to join the Indian Army as an officer.
On Saturday, 161 cadets of the SSC-116 course, including 36 women cadets, were formally commissioned into various arms and services of the Indian Army from the prestigious Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai.
“Lt. Anuni, from a remote village Rabunamei, Mao, #Manipur, today commissioned into the #IndianArmy as an officer. An ex #NCC cadet, she passed out from the Officers Training Academy, #Chennai,” PRO, Kohima and Imphal, Ministry of Defense tweeted.
Shortly after the passing out parade, media approached Senior Under Officer (SUO) Enoni to learn about his new position and his remarkable journey towards duty.
The youngest in the family, Enoni is the only one among five siblings who followed her father, a retired soldier who served in the Assam Rifles.
“My father is an ex-serviceman. He encouraged me to join the army. Later, during my days as an NCC cadet, I met army officers, which led to my joining the Indian Army. The interest grew, and so I applied for the job,” Enoni told media over the phone.
“When I told my father about my interest in the army, he said you should go for it and till date, my family has been very supportive,” the young officer added. added.
She also said that some friends still think that such jobs are not for girls. “But during my training, I realized that we Nagas are very talented and physically fitter than people elsewhere because of our environment and food habits.”
“I want to set an example for my youth as they look up to me and inspire them,” added the young female officer.
Narrating his experience during the 11 months of rigorous training, Enoni said that due to the language barrier, he faced many challenges while communicating with his colleagues. However, in return, she took it as a positive challenge and gradually gained confidence in learning Hindi.
“The training is organized so that you can get along with it. Although it is challenging, it is worth it,” said Enoni, who is ready to serve the nation with honor and pride.
“If it wasn’t for the Indian Army, I would have tried for UPSC exams or paramilitary forces, but the Indian Army has always been my priority,” she added.
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