Tropic Lightning, Nepalese soldiers discuss female integration into combat roles

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
Maj. Samjhana Shrestha, a Nepalese soldier, participates in jungle survival training with U.S. soldiers at the 25th Infantry Division’s Jungle Operations Training Center. (Department of Defense photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Aiyana S. Paschal)

Maj. Samjhana Shrestha, a Nepalese soldier, participates in jungle survival training with assistance from CSM Kanisha Lamothe, senior enlisted advisor, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, at the Jungle Operations Training Center.

Story and photos by
Petty Officer 2nd Class Aiyana Paschal
Defense Media Activity Forward Center – Pacific

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — The 25th Infantry Division hosted a delegation with female Nepalese Army officers on Feb. 21. The delegation was held to share information, techniques, tactics and procedures to promote the effectiveness and integration of females into combat roles.

Nepalese soldiers attend jungle survival training presented by U.S. soldiers at the 25th Infantry Division's Jungle Operations Training Center. The 25th Infantry Division hosted a delegation with female Nepalese Army officers to share information, techniques, tactics and procedures in order to promote the effectiveness and integration of females into combat roles. (Department of Defense photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Aiyana S. Paschal)

Nepalese soldiers attend jungle survival training presented by U.S. soldiers at the 25th Infantry Division’s Jungle Operations Training Center. The 25th Infantry Division hosted a delegation with female Nepalese Army officers to share information, techniques, tactics and procedures in order to promote the effectiveness and integration of females into combat roles.

Maj. Samjhana Shrestha, an infantry officer in the Nepalese Army, expressed the importance of female integration into combat units.

“Women are as powerful as men,” Shrestha said. “Women should be integrated in the Army in every field. They should be equally treated. If women are taken in the Army then it will help to maintain the peace, so it is necessary.”

The U.S. Army opened up all military positions to women in 2015. Women in the Nepalese Army began serving in combat roles in 2004.

“They’ve had all of their branches open to all of their women for a significantly longer period of time than we have,” said Capt. Lindsey Kozuch, an assistant field artillery officer. “I think the U.S. Army could learn a lot from how they have integrated their women into their military and how we could go moving forward with ours.”

(Department of Defense photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Aiyana S. Paschal) Nepalese soldiers attend a briefing presented by U.S. soldiers at the 25th Infantry DivisionÕs Lightning Academy at Schofield Barracks on Feb. 21. The 25th Infantry Division hosted a delegation with female Nepalese Army officers to share information, techniques, tactics and procedures in order to promote the effectiveness and integration of females into combat roles.


Nepalese soldiers attend a briefing presented by U.S. soldiers at the 25th Infantry DivisionÕs Lightning Academy at Schofield Barracks on Feb. 21. The 25th Infantry Division hosted a delegation with female Nepalese Army officers to share information, techniques, tactics and procedures in order to promote the effectiveness and integration of females into combat roles.

The day started with a briefing at the Division’s Lightning Academy. Nepalese soldiers learned about the various types of training available at the school, such as the Pre-Ranger Course, the Tactical Rifle Course and the Air Assault. Each course is run independently of the others.

Through the rain on northern Oahu, the delegation continued with a Jungle Operations Training Center (JOTC) demonstration. Nepalese soldiers witnessed and participated in demonstrations of various hands-on trainings provided by the JOTC, such as building fires from recourses available in a jungle terrain and building shelters.

“I feel great to visit here as an infantry officer,” Shrestha said. “I got chances to learn more about Jungle [Operations] Training Center and Rangers. We can exchange our skills, we can exchange our tactics, we can learn new things from here. I think that is the benefits we are getting from both sides.”

A round table discussion with U.S. Army female officers was held next, to further share and discuss information about tactics, techniques and procedures that have helped the integration process.

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