Ready to Take On
A glittering ceremony marked the culmination of 49 weeks of rigorous and meticulous training at the Officers Training Academy, Chennai. 350 cadets marched in unison towards the final step to become young Lieutenants of the Indian Army on September 14, 2013.
The Passing Out Course comprised 70 Lady Cadets and 20 Foreign Cadets from Afghanistan.
The parade was reviewed by Lt Gen Ashok Singh, Army Commander, Southern Command along with Lt Gen SS Jog, Commandant, OTA, Chennai. The proud parents of the passing out course, civilian dignitaries and NCC cadets witnessed the parade. Select school students of Chennai along with the Officers and families of OTA and ATNK&K Area were also present.
Addressing the parade, the Reviewing Officer reminded the cadets the amount of responsibilities they are going to shoulder while commanding the troops. He appreciated the cadets for their excellent efforts to make the parade an impressive one. He urged them to dedicate themselves to uphold the honour and safety of the country.
The coveted Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Basantar Company. Senior Under Officer Kuldeep Singh Baduriya received the 'Sword of Honour' for standing First in overall Order of Merit. The Gold Medal and Silver Medal for standing Second and Third in over all Order of Merit were awarded to Academy Cadet Adjutant Yengal Dasu Rajesh and Junior Under Officer Nitin Singh Bisht respectively.
"The OTA Chennai is universally revered as a military institution which infuses key leadership qualities in young men and women in the age range of 21 to 26 coming from diverse regional and academic backgrounds," said Lt Gen SS Jog, the Commandant of OTA.
The cadets were pipped by their parents in front of the Parameshwaran Parade Ground. The event was followed by an oath taking ceremony and National Anthem. Apart from the President's Commission to lead the world's third largest Army, each of the newly commissioned Lieutenants would be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies by the University of Madras.
"We are really excited to join our units and want to experience the real life a soldier is undergoing… most of us will be going to borders where our units are deployed", said a visibly elated JUO Kanishk Sethi who is a fourth generation officer and is commissioned into Mechanised Infantry.
- N Andavan
Lt Gen Ashok Singh reviewing the parade
Sword of Honour being presented
In our edition dated 16-30 September 2013, page 7, we had inadvertently given the designation of Chief of the Air Staff as COAS.