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.
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.