passing-out parade of Short Service Commission Non-technical-74,
Technical-17 and Women's Special Entry Scheme (Officer)-20 was held at the
Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. OTA is the only defence
institution in the country which imparts training to cadets for officers
cadre in the Army for short service.
Gen JBS Yadava, Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (Training &
Co-ordination) reviewed the parade in which 236 cadets including 56 ladies
took part. The parade was led by Academy Under Officer Ayon Chaudhuri.
The parade, watched by the parents
of the cadets who came from different parts of the country, VIPs and
foreign dignitaries, was a testimony to the cadets' excellent bearing,
turn-out and high standard of drill.
General presented the Sword of Honour for the best all-round cadet
to Academy Under Officer Ayon Chaudhuri. OTA gold medals were presented to
Academy Under Officer Ayon Chaudhury in the ‘Gentlemen’ category and
to Senior Under Officer Harneet Reen in the ladies category. Meiktila
Company bagged the Chief of the Army Staff Banner and also Commandant's
Banner for best performance during the course.
his address to the cadets, Lt Gen Yadava advised them to win the
confidence of the soldiers that they would command, emulate their
predecessors who sacrificed their lives for the honour of the country and
also set a personal example for their followers by imbibing integrity and
moral and physical courage. He asked them to remain up-dated in the art of
warfare and politico-military developments and to use technology
after the parade, the parents and other loved ones affectionately 'piped'
the young officers by affixing two stars for the rank of Lieutenant in
each epaulette on their shoulders. The moment, marking the culmination of
the cadets' arduous journey to become officers, was of overwhelming joy
and fulfillment when the young officers wore their coveted ranks for the
first time. OTA Commandant, Maj Gen Sudhir Mohan received the dignitaries.
Foreign dignitaries, half of them defence attaches from missions of USA,
China, UK, Germany, Bangladesh and Kenya also witnessed the parade.
- V Sankaran