Chand completes tough training to join the U.S. Army

She recalled that the training was not easy, but by the grace of God and the support of her family, she sullied all chances


Sheron Chand with her husband Amish Prasad in Fort Jackson South Carolina, United States of America on May 25, 2022.

Sheron Chand is a proud Fijian today.

She is believed to be the first Indo-Fijian female soldier from Labasa to graduate with Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in Financial Management Technician from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, United States Army.

The 32-year-old, from Valebasoga, completed 10 weeks of basic combat training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina after emigrating to California in 2019. She then completed eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) for cargo specialists at Fort Eustis, Virginia. . She worked for three years at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The eldest of two siblings has recently decided to improve her qualifications as she holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce, accounting and economics from the University of the South Pacific.

In addition, she has seven years of experience in finance as she worked at the Home Finance Company (HFC) bank.

Now she will be leaving for New York to begin her duties as a Financial Management Technician at Fort Drum.

How it all began

Ms. Chand never thought she would join the US Army. When the opportunity presented itself, her husband, Amish Prasad, supported the idea of ​​taking on the new challenge.

“My father, Dalip Chand, currently in Labasa, served over 20 years as a private in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces,” Ms Chand said.

“I never dreamed of becoming a soldier because I didn’t see an Indo-Fijian woman from Labasa.”

She recalled that the training was not easy, but by the grace of God and the support of her family, she sullied all chances.

“It’s never too late to start anything. Don’t be ruled by society or anyone’s perception of who you are and who you should be,” she said.

“I would especially like to say that no one should be underestimated because everyone is capable of something big.”

His ultimate goal is to be the best soldier in finance and complete his master’s degree.

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