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Shivani Fulfills Dream

An Indo-Fijian woman yesterday began a three-month journey of fulfilling her childhood dream of joining the military. Sheetal Shivani, 23, of Tabucola in Labasa, was among the 200 female recruits
03 May 2015 09:47
Shivani Fulfills Dream
Sheetal Shivani at the Force Training Group in Nasinu yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

An Indo-Fijian woman yesterday began a three-month journey of fulfilling her childhood dream of joining the military.

Sheetal Shivani, 23, of Tabucola in Labasa, was among the 200 female recruits who marched into the RFMF Forces Training Group in Nakasi, Nasinu, yesterday.

Ms Shivani was a final year Trade Diploma student in Office Administration before applying for a spot in the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces female recruit intake for the year.

“It has always been mine and my parents’ dream to be here. I am thankful that I was chosen to be part of the recruit. I know it will be a very challenging journey, but I am ready because this is my passion,” she said.

She is the first one in her family to join the army.

“My father always has a lot of friends who are in the army, so whenever they came to our home, I have always wanted to be like them in their green uniform.”

Ms Shivani said she had been preparing well for the training and was ready for the tasks that would be given to her during the three-month basic recruitment course.

“I did not know how to swim, but for the last two weeks, I was at the National Aquatic Centre in Suva, attending swimming lessons. I’ll be joining the army I had to learn these basic skills.”

Meanwhile, Tabiang villager from Rabi Island, Tebaibure Tita, 22, was excited to march into camp yesterday.

Ms Tita was also a final year degree student in Banking and Management before she decided to join the army.

“I have always wanted to join the army because I like how disciplined the army officers have always been as this will also assist us in our future endeavours,” she said.

Feedback:  aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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