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350 cadets including 70 Lady Cadets and 20 Foreign Cadets from Afghanistan passed out

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  1. Soumya

    Soumya Major STAR MEMBER

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    The Passing Out Parade (POP) of the Officers Training Academy, Chennai was held on 14 Sep 13 . The SSC 96 and SSC(W) 10 Courses comprising of 350 cadets including 70 Lady Cadets and 20 Foreign Cadets from Afghanistan, passed out from the Academy in a glorious military parade.

    The impressive parade was reviewed by Lt Gen Ashok Singh, Army Commander, Southern Command alongwith Lt Gen SS Jog, Commandant, OTA, Chennai. The parade was witnessed by the proud parents of the passing out course, civilian dignitaries, NCC Cadets and selected school students of Chennai alongwith the Officers and families of OTA and ATNK&K Area.

    The POP is the most precious moment in a Cadet’s life. In a glittering ceremony that marked the culmination of 49 weeks of rigorous and meticulous training, a total of 350 cadets marched in unison towards the final step to become young Lieutenants of the Indian Army and other friendly foreign nations.

    The Reviewing Officer while addressing the parade 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 the cadets to dedicate themselves with utmost sincerity and devotion 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 over all 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 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.

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    Will cherish days with Indian brothers: Afghan cadets

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    Twenty cadets from Afghanistan completed their training at OTA on Saturday along with their Indian counterparts. On completion of their training they were excited about joining the Army back home and equally nostalgic of the days spent at the academy. Gentleman cadet Ishaq Karimi said, “The days we spent with our Indian friends will be cherished by us.”
    Recalling an incident he said, “There was a GC from Rajasthan who was a bit weak when it came to complete the 5 km run in 25 minutes. We made it sure that he completed it on time by supporting him along the way.”
    Calling the Indian cadets brothers, another Afghani GC, Tamim Quarashi, said, “Back at home, many of us were idling with life when we gave the exam and now here we are with goals and dreams to achieve a lot.”
    Speaking about his country, which is yet to recover from US-led invasion and a weak economy, Karimi said, “We have learnt a lot at the academy and we are confident of making a difference at home, given a chance.”
    The only complaint the cadets had, was about the food. Karimi said, “The food is way too spicy for us. But with days we did got accustomed to it.”
     
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    South Indians underrepresented in Indian Army

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    South Indians, especially the people of Tamil Nadu, lag behind in joining the Army. Of the 350 gentlemen cadets who passed out from the Officers Training Academy on Saturday to become commissioned officers only 11 were from Tamil Nadu and 53 from South India.

    Ilancheliyan M, one of the cadets and now an enlisted officer in the Gorkha regiment from Tamil Nadu, said, “There are fewer of us from South India. There is a need for awareness, it should be done more out of a sense of duty to serve the country.”

    Seventy women cadets passed out of the academy, of whom Lt Philomin Jennifer, 22, from Coim**batore, said, “I am proud to be in the Army. We want women to join the forces and then probably, we will be allowed into the combat areas.” Speaking of the 49 weeks of training they had, she added, “We are given the same training as the men, we work side by side with them and women cadets were equally good. In fact, it’s a motivation for us to perform better.”

    The ceremony was conducted amidst much cheering and several emotional moments for their families. The cadets marched under the supervision of Parade Commander Lt G. Santosh, their boots clicking smartly and white gloved hands swaying in unison. Lt General Ashok Singh, GOC-in-Chief, Army’s Southern Command, who reviewed the passing out parade, told them that they were now entering the realm of an officer of the Indian army.
    Lt Santosh recalled his experience at the academy when he said that their training was “hard and meticulous, harder even than that of the jawans. We would get barely three hours of sleep.”Lt Kuldeep Singh received the coveted Sword of Honour, which made him the best all round cadet of the year.

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    350 officers commissioned into Indian Army

    A batch of 350 cadets, including 70 women, were today commissioned into the Army on successful completion of short service commission training at the Officer’s Training Academy (OTA) here today.

    Twenty cadets from Afghanistan also took part in ceremonial passing out parade at the end of their over 49-week long training. Personnel from India’s friendly countries are trained at the OTA.

    Lt Gen Ashok Singh of the Southern Command reviewed the impressive parade at the academy and awarded the coveted ‘Chief of Army Staff’ banner to Basantar Company.

    Cadet Senior Under Officer Kuldeep Singh Baduriya received the ‘Sword of Honour’ for standing first in overall order of merit.

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    The cadets were pipped by their parents as officers near Parameshwaran parade ground, where they took oath and later threw their caps on air, marking the end of their training.

    All the officers would also be awarded an additional qualification of PG diploma in Defence
    Management and Strategic Studies by the University of Madras.

    OTA Commandant Lt Gen SS Jog was among those present during the parade.
     
  5. ArmChairGeneral

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    Congrats to passouts. Very nice pictures!
    Training Afghan cadets is very good and logical move on part of GOI.
     
  6. S K Mittal

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    still the number of afghani cadets are low. This should be around 2000 per year for another 50 years to make a sizable army.
     
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    Well it is jus a start once proper relationships are establish the number of Afghan cadets can grow exponentially. And India has the capabilities to train them in large numbers.
     
  8. S K Mittal

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    it is always a 2 way traffic. yes india is ready to train them. but there is also requirement of volunteers who want to serve their country.
     
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