After crossing the last step in the passing out parade at the Indian Military Academy, a group of 341 young officers today became an integral part of the Indian Army by taking the oath of death for the country.
The parade began at Drill Square in front of the historic Chatwood building. The General Officer Commanding of the Army’s South-Western Command, Lt. General RP Singh inspected the parade as Reviewing Officer and took the salute from the Gentlemen Cadets nearby. In view of the danger of corona infection, this time also the parade was organized with simplicity.
The passing out parade on Saturday started with a delay of two hours due to rain. Deputy Commandant Jagjit Singh took the salute of the parade. Commandant Harinder Singh took the salute of the parade. After that take General RP Singh reached the parade venue and took the salute of the parade.
Take it General Singh honored the cadets with overall best performance and other outstanding honours. Mukesh Kumar was awarded the Sword of Honour. While Deepak Singh got gold, Mukesh Kumar got silver and Lavneet Singh got bronze. Daksha Kumar Pant won the Silver Medal (TG). Kinley Norbu adjudged best foreign cadet. The Chief of Army Staff banner was received by the Dograi Company.
Like last time, this time also the family members of the cadets could not see the passing out parade. After the Peeping and Oath Ceremony organized after the parade, 425 Gentlemen Cadets became an integral part of the army of the country and abroad as lieutenants. Of these, 341 young military officers were found by the Indian Army.
Whereas, 84 young military officers became an integral part of the forces of nine friendly countries namely Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Bhutan, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tonga, Maldives and Kyrgyzstan. After this, the honor of giving 62 thousand 987 young military officers to the army of the country and abroad has been added in the name of the prestigious Indian Military Academy located in Dehradun. These include 2587 military officers received by friendly countries.
Effect of corona
Due to the Corona crisis, precaution was taken at all levels in the passing out parade. Not only the spectator gallery but also during the parade, the rules of physical distance were followed.
There are usually ten cadets in a line in each marching squad, but their number was kept at eight. So that the distance of two meters is maintained instead of 0.5 meter distance between the cadets. Apart from this, along with the Gentleman Cadets, all the military officers were also wearing masks.
security system tight
Security arrangements have been beefed up around the academy in view of POP. Armed soldiers of the army are stationed everywhere.
During the passing out parade, there is a zero zone from Panditwadi to Premnagar from 6 am to 11 am on Saturday. During this, the traffic passing through National Highway-72 (Chakrata Road) is diverted from Premnagar and Ballupur.