KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Soldier Radhika Thapa has added another page in the history of female pioneers in the Nepali Army (NA) by becoming the first ever female soldier to have completed the demanding and arduous Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare (CIJW) course.
Hailing from Melamchi of Sindhupalchowk, Thapa joined the Nepali Army in 2069 B.S, according to the Public Relations Directorate of the national army. The three-month long course is considered a tough and demanding course that involves learning and utilization of sophisticated military skills like jungle navigation, setting of booby traps, jungle survival techniques and snake bite management, among many others.
In addition to the counter insurgency and jungle warfare training, Thapa has also completed light vehicle driving and maintenance training. She has now joined ranks with first females in the Nepali Army.