An engineering graduate in Computer Science, Major (retired) R. Gomathy joined the Army on March 2, 2002 after finishing six months training at the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai.
In an interview to The Hindu at her residence at Gengapalayam village, near Panchapalli Dam in Dharmapuri district on Thursday, Ms. Gomathy said that she was proud to say that she was the first woman officer in the army from her native village B.C. Pudur, near Krishnagiri district.
She had finished her B.E. Computer Science course at Adhiyamaan College of Engineering in Hosur in 1999-2000 and joined as a woman cadet in the Officers Training Academy in 2002. Though she found it hard to pursue the course in OTA, her batch mates from other States encouraged her to complete the course with courage.
After passing out from OTA, her initial posting was in Assam in the communication wing of the Army.
She got a commendation from the Chief Army Staff for developing intelligent software for locating the army units in the field. She was promoted as Captain while she was in Ahmedabad and subsequently promoted as Major. Immediately after joining Army, her group was moved to Jammu during Operation Parakram, but they worked in the background for developing communication facilities between one unit and the other. She is married to O.V. Shivakumar, a software engineer, and the couple have a son. She retired as Major on January 26, 2008. Her advice to women was to be strong enough to cope up with any situation and develop courage to face any eventuality.