Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps

The Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps (SLAWC) is a Sri Lanka Army corps. The headquarters of this corps is in Borella, Colombo and the corps has six battalions. The first battalion was raised in 1 September 1979.[1]

Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps
Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps logo.png
Cap badge of the SLAWC
Active1 September 1979 – present[1]
Country Sri Lanka
Branch Sri Lanka Army
TypeRegiment
RoleCombat support, Combat service support
Size6 battalions
Part ofBattalion
Regimental CentreBorella, Colombo
Nickname(s)SLAWC
Motto(s)Savi Bala Sith - Avi Bala Deth (Translation from Sinhala: The Powerful Mind is the Strongest Weapon)
Anniversaries17 November[2]
EngagementsSri Lankan Civil War
Insignia
FlagSri Lanka Army Women's Corps Flag.jpg

The regimental insignia of this corps is Viharamahadevi in a boat surrounded by gold colour sea and a vignette. Every year, in 17th November the corps anniversary day is celebrated as in 1997's 17 November the regimental headquarters was created in Borella, Colombo.[2][3]

OverviewEdit

The corps was set up with the assistance of the Women's Royal Army Corps of the British Army. It was identical in structure to its parent organization, and its first generation of lady officer cadets was trained in Britain. Candidates were required to be between eighteen and twenty years old and to have passed the General Common Entrance (Ordinary level) examinations, while the officer candidates must have passed the Advanced Level. Enlistment entailed a five-year service commitment (the same as for men), and recruits were not allowed to marry during this period. In the training course at the Army Training Center at Diyatalawa, recruits were put through a program of drill and physical training similar to the men's program, with the exception of weapons and battle craft training. Female soldiers were paid according to the same scale as the men, but were primarily limited to service in nursing, communications and clerical works.

One officer, three nurses and four other soldiers participated in the Vadamarachchi operation, which lasted from 27 May 1987 to 11 June 1988. This was the first time that the women in the Sri Lanka Army participated in combat operations.[1][4] Over 25 female soldiers were killed in action in 1997.[5]

UnitsEdit

Regular battalionsEdit

  • 1st Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps (formed on 1 September 1979)
  • 7th Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps (formed on 1 August 2010)

Volunteer battalionsEdit

  • 2nd(v) Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps (formed on 1 January 1996)
  • 3rd(v) Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps (formed on 15 November 1997)
  • 4th(v) Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps (formed on 10 February 1999)
  • 5th(v) Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps (formed on 10 February 1999)
  • 6th(v) Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps (formed on 10 April 2009 and disbanded on 6 July 2018)[6]

Notable membersEdit

Order of precedenceEdit

Preceded by Order of Precedence Succeeded by

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "THE 1ST BATTALION OF SRI LANKA ARMY WOMEN'S CORPS CELEBRATED ITS 43RD ANNIVERSARY". army.lk/slawc. 1 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b "SRI LANKA ARMY WOMEN'S CORPS COMMEMORATE ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY". army.lk/slawc. 17 November 2022.
  3. ^ "History of the Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps Regiment". army.lk/slawc.
  4. ^ "Lankan women choosing the army over marriage". Rediff.com. 1997.
  5. ^ "War Heroines". army.lk. Sri Lanka Army. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Volunteer battalions". army.lk/slawc.
  7. ^ "Nadeeka LAKMALI". Olympics.com. Retrieved 2021-06-21.

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