Dr. Seema Rao – Indian Trailblazer – Part 1

Dr. Seema Rao: India’s First Female Combat Trainer

Dr. Seema Rao is the first civilian to train India’s armed forces (more than 20,000 soldiers) without any compensation. She has spent almost two decades training India’s elite armed forces.

Ms. Seema studied medicine and is a doctor by Training. She left her lucrative and stable career and dedicated her life for the armed forces. She is an inspiration and role model for many women who want to enter the male-dominated military. Above all, She will turn 50 soon

In her 20 years of career, she has trained personnel from the state police forces, border security forces, air force, and navy, national security guards and anti-terror squads. She was accompanied by her husband Major Dr. Deepak Rao and there isn’t any elite armed force that this couple hadn’t trained.

The Beginning

Ms. Seema was a shy girl who was determinant to transform her weakness into a strength. She took the help of Martial Arts. She was also trained in taekwondo, fire fighting, boxing, and rifle shooting. Being a civilian and women it was more challenging to break the stereotype.

As soon as the assignments started pouring in she got appreciation from the Pune Police and Mumbai Police. Since then there was no looking back. Soon after that, she started training extensively to become an ace shooter.


Dr. Seema Rao and Dr. Deepak Rao developed the Reflex Shooting Method. In this method, the person has to shoot very fast without aiming and Indian Army uses this method.

She has written eight books and has five Ted talks under her belt. She continues to aspire the youth-especially women to break the ceiling and explore their inner potential. Recently she appeared on a Women’s Horlicks advertisement #StoriesofStrength

You can watch her TED Talk here

In The End

Hope you liked today’s inspirational story as much as I liked penning it down. Also, read other articles.

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