454 New Officers Pass out From Indian Military Academy

It was a day that the 454 gentlemen cadets (GCs) of the 139 Regular and 122 Technical Graduate Courses, had been waiting for a long time.

On Saturday, as they marched in synchronised unison at the historic drill square of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) on the chilly December morning, the crowd of a couple of thousand spectators comprising of their friends and families cheered and clapped as they watched the young men make the transition from cadets to officers.

The Indian Army got 401 newly commissioned officers while 53 foreign GCs who had come from eight friendly foreign countries passed out from the academy after completing their training.IMA PoP

The impressive parade was concluded by the cadets entering the Chetwode Hall — named after Field Marshal Philip Chetwode, erstwhile commander-in-chief of the Indian Army — in a symbolic gesture referred to as antim pag (final step) which marked the GCs’ conversion into officers.
Addressing the gathering, Lt Gen NPS Hira, deputy chief of Army staff who was the reviewing officer of the parade, said that “the day of passing out is a historic day in the life of each gentleman cadet.” “After overcoming physical and mental challenges of a tough training regimen, the presence of the gentlemen cadets on this auspicious occasion, is testimony to their consistent hard work, zeal and ‘never say die’ attitude.”
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He added that the cadets were receiving their commission at a time when the world is facing threats of an asymmetric nature. “Emergence of non-state actors and extreme entities is definitely going to be a serious challenge for the future. In the face of such testing times one needs to be professionally competent and ready to adapt oneself to emerging technologies while facing adversities squarely with a smile. I am sure that the training that you have imbibed in IMA would stand you in good stead during such times of intense challenge,” he told the cadets.

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 According to IMA officials, the maximum number of cadets (116) from the passing out batch had joined the infantry, 93 had opted for artillery, 31 for engineers while 26 had been inducted into the armed corps.