Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps

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Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps
Slawc logo.PNG
Regimental Insignia of the SLAWC
Active1979 – Present
CountryFlag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
BranchFlag of the Sri Lankan Army.png  Sri Lanka Army
Type Combat support, Combat service support
Size7 battalions
Regimental Centre Borella, Colombo
Motto(s)Savi Bala Sith - Avi Bala Deth (Translation from Sinhala: The Powerful Mind is the Strongest Weapon)
Engagements Sri Lankan Civil War
Regimental Insignia Viharamahadevi in a boat surrounded by gold colour Sea and a Vignette

The Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps (SLAWC) is a Sri Lanka Army regiment. Headquarters of this corps is in Colombo and the corps has 7 battalions.

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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 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 sixteen-week 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 recruits were paid according to the same scale as the men, but were limited to service in nursing, communications, and clerical work. Women serve in many roles such as air traffic control tower operators, electronic warfare technicians, radio material tele-typists, automotive mechanics, aviation supply personnel, cryptographers, doctors, combat medic, lawyers, engineers and aerial photographers.

The Women's Royal Army Corps was the corps to which all women in the British Army belonged from 1949 to 1992, except medical, dental and veterinary officers and chaplains, the Ulster Defence Regiment which recruited women from 1973, and nurses.

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Members of this corps had engaged in conflicts with LTTE since the 1980s. [1] [2] After the final conflict in 2009, female members of the terrorist organization later joined this corps in 2013. [3]


Regular battalions

Volunteer battalions

Order of precedence

Preceded by
Sri Lanka Army General Service Corps
Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Sri Lanka Rifle Corps

See also


  1. "Lankan women choosing the army over marriage". 1997.
  2. "Tamil women soldiers recruited to Sri Lankan army". March 25, 2013.
  3. Cameila Nathaniel (March 31, 2013). "Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps Empowers 95 Women Ex-combatants".

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