Martyred Soldier’s Widow Joins Assam Regiment, Cleared Exam In 1st Attempt

A wise woman once said, “When the heart grieves over what has lost, the spirit rejoices over what is left.” This sense of losing is not alien to army men’s wives.  Marrying a military man can never be easy, distances, worries and sacrifices makes it even more difficult. That’s the reason why wives of our gallant army men are no less than heroes.


Meet Neeru Sambyal, wife of an Army officer Ravinder Singh Sambyal, a rifleman in the 2 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles unit. On May 2nd 2015, Neeru’s life went upside down with the news of her husband’s demise, who succumbed to his injuries he suffered during counter insurgency operations.

Neeru at the time was a lecturer in R K Degree College in Vijaipur, Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. Defying all odds, Neeru decided to do something which was rarely done by the wives of deceased soldiers. In 2017, Neeru decided to join the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai.

A well-educated woman, Neeru has multiple degrees including BA, B.Ed., MA and MEd, and she trained herself for the OTA while taking care of her four-year-old daughter Sanidhya Rajput.


Though many people in her in-law’s side of the family had served in the forces, but that was not the case with Neeru’s family. Understandably her family was not too keen on her joining the army.

"My father-in-law served for 36 years, and he knew how the training would be and what could happen, and he told my father about it...he guided my father and mother," Neeru said to India Today.

She has particularly a lot of kind words to say about 2 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles. “His (Her husband’s) unit is like my household and I’m very near to them,” she says. The battalion of her late husband not only counseled her but also motivated and assisted her in every way possible.


Neeru, 28, successfully cracked the Services Selection Board test in her first attempt. She finally became an Army officer after 11 months of grueling training at the OTA along with 252 other cadets and was named ‘Veer Nari’ for her unusual determination, hard work and grit

What motivated Lt Sambyal to join the Military was her husband’s sacrifice, their daughter Sanidhaya, and the support of her husband’s unit.

Lt Sambyal is now all set to join her regiment in Assam. She hopes to give her best and make her faculty at the OTA proud.

Neeru is not the only war widow, given a title of Veer Nari at OTA, Chennai. Last year Swati Mahadik, wife of Colonel Santosh Mahadik who died fighting terrorists in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir in November 2015, graduated as officer.

Picture Source : MyNation; Youtube; India Today; OTA Chennai


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