Mhow, 27th January 2024: In a proud moment for Indian Army as well as women of the country, today Havildar Preeti Rajak, Trap Shooter was promoted to rank of Subedar. Subedar Preeti Rajak is now the First woman Subedar of Indian Army.
Subedar Preeti joined Indian Army in the Corps of Military Police on 22 December 2022 based on her proven performance in Trap Shooting. She is the 1st Meritorious Sportswomen in Shooting discipline enrolled in the Indian Army as a Havildar. During 19th Asian Games 2022, held at Hangzhou, China wef 21 Sep-01 Oct 2023, Sub Preeti Rajak won Silver Medal in Trap Women Team Event. Basing on her extraordinary performance, she was awarded first out of turn promotion to Subedar and Lt Gen Gajendra Joshi, Commandant Infantry School chaired the pipping ceremony and hailed the shooter for her excellent performance.
Subedar Preeti is currently ranked 6th in India (Trap Women Event) and is training at Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) in preparation for Paris Olympic Games 2024. “Her great achievement will motivate generations of young women to come forward to join the Indian Army as well as carve a niche for themselves in professional shooting”, Army stated in a press release.
On the same day, Padmashri and Arjuna Awardee Subedar Major and Honorary Lieutenant Jitu Rai was promoted to the rank of Subedar Major and Honorary Captain for his meritorious service.