Following the footsteps of her husband, the widow of an army officer is also set to be commissioned in the forces. Swati Mahadik, the widow of late Col Santosh Mahadik, who lost his life in the year 2015 while fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara is all set to follow the footsteps of her husband after completing the grueling 11-month training course. Swati will be commissioned as an officer in the Army Ordnance Corps (AOC) on September 9, according to Indian Express. The 38-year old had joined the Chennai’s Officers Training Academy (OTA) in October 2016. Her husband had lost his life while fighting for the country in November 2015.
Swati who is the mother of a 12-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son, availed the age concession for widows of military personnel, who die in the line of duty and cleared an exam to join the OTA. She joined a non-technical course for women cadets in the academy. While competing against much younger cadets, the mother of two excelled in both physical as well as academic subjects. Her performance proved that she was highly motivated and full of determination.
An officer revealed, “The lady cadet had opted to join the AOC and her request has been acceded to and therefore she will be commissioned.” While talking about her performance in the academy, an OTA officer said that Swati went through rigors of training with “a fierce determination”. He added that it is not easy for her to make the transition from a civilian life to the military training. “Swati was a teacher when her husband was serving in the Army… the manner in which she… adjusted to the military regime reflected the deep resolve she harbored to wear the uniform,” he said.