The Passing Out Parade symbolises the culmination of rigorous training and transformation of a Gentleman cadet into a young Officer. Amidst the global Pandemic and challenges posed by COVID-19, the Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor’s (DC&CI) parade was conducted on December 8, 2020, at the historic Chetwode drill square of the prestigious Indian Military Academy, wherein 325 Indian and 70 Foreign Gentlemen Cadets displayed their immaculate turnout and precision marching. This event marks preparation for the grand finale on December 12, 2020 to be reviewed by senior Army Hierarchy.
The Parade was reviewed by Maj Gen JS Mangat, Vishist Seva Medal, Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor of the Indian Military Academy. He complimented the gentleman cadets and encouraged them to be the finest officers of Indian Army. He also emphasized the importance of valour, honour, ethos and fine traditions of Indian Army. He mentioned that the efforts of the faculty and the hard work of the Gentlemen Cadets was quite evident from the crisp and coordinated movements on the Drill Square. He commended the Gentleman cadets for attaining stellar training standards despite all modifications in training and exhorted them to continue with their endeavors to excel. Kanika Rane, Wife of Martyred Major Kaustubh Rane, Joins Indian Army as Lieutenant in POP Held at OTA Chennai.
During the address to the passing out course Maj Gen JS Mangat, said that “the GCs have been taught to ‘Lead by Example’ and the soldiers who would be under their command should look up to them with pride. Indian troops are the best in the world, simple by heart, with unquestionable loyalty and hearts filled with patriotism. But then, as an officer you have to earn their respect and trust by your action, conduct and demeanor and above all by the truthfulness and purity of your intention and action. Once you have earned their trust and loyalty, they will follow you to every battle and win it for you”.
The General complimented Gentlemen Cadets from friendly foreign countries on successful completion of the training and wished them all the success ahead as they carry the cherished memories of their time at IMA. The Parade was reflective of the excellence that the Academy has always stood for. The fact that the parents of the Passing Out Course have been invited this time to witness the Parade, while adhering to all COVID protocols, has brought great cheer to the parents and the GCs.
(IMA Press Release)