Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw 13th Death Anniversary: Remembering One Of The Most Decorated Officers Of The Indian Army With Interesting Facts About His Life

India observes 13th death anniversary Field Marshal  Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw. Sm Manekshaw died on June 27, 2008. He was the first field Marshal of the Indian Army.Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was the brain behind India’s victory against Pakistan in 1971. Manekshaw was born in a Parsi family on April 3, 1914, to Hormizd Manekshaw and Hilla Mehta, in Amritsar.

Maneskshaw joined the first batch of the Indian Military Academy in 1932. After completing the training, he was commissioned into the British Indian Army in 1934. His career spanned for four decades. After the partition of 1947 Field Marshal Manekshaw was first reassigned to the 16th Punjab Regiment and then moved to 8 Gorkha Rifles.

Here Are Facts About Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw:

  1. He did his schooling from Sherwood College, Nainital.
  2. Field Marshal Manekshaw during his military career spanning four decades fought four wars – World War –II, 1948 Kashmir War Against Pakistan and Afghan tribals, 1962 Indo-Sino war, 1951 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars.
  3. During the World War II Manekshaw was awarded Military Cross.
  4. The first batch of IMA cadets, also called pioneers, included  Smith Dun and Muhammad Musa Khan, future commanders-in-chief of Burma and Pakistan.
  5. Sam Manekshaw succeeded the Gen P. P. Kumaramangalam as the Chief of Army Staff in June 1969.
  6. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1972.
  7. On January 1, 1973, he became the first General of the Indian Army to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal.
  8. Manekshaw retired from the Indian Army on January 15, 1973, after serving for 39 years.
  9. He married Siloo Bode on April 22, 1939.

After retirement, Field Marshal Manekshaw spent rest of his life in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. At the age of 94 years, Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Manekshaw died on June 27, 2008. On December 16, 2008, the then President Pratibha Patil released a postal stamp of Manekshaw in his field marshal’s uniform.

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International Yoga Day 2021 Observed at Indian Military Academy (View Pics)

As a part of nationwide celebrations of the 7th International Yoga Day, a yoga session was organised at Indian Military Academy on 21 Jun 2021.All Gentlemen Cadets undergoing training at the Academy, the instruction staff along with Officers participated in the event with great enthusiasm and fervour.

This includes Gentlemen Cadets from ten Friendly Foreign Countries. Yoga constitutes an important discipline of the Gentlemen Cadets routine as an integral part of their training curriculum at the Indian Military Academy. Indian Military Academy Provides COVID-19 Related Assistance to People of Koti-Dhaloni Village in Dehradun.

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The Yoga session was conducted by qualified and trained Yoga instructors highlighting the importance of Yoga and its growing popularity in the entire world. Different exercises and their benefits were explained and practiced. During the entire event, strict enforcement of COVID protocols continued to be enforced.

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Combined Graduation Parade Held at Air Force Academy: 161 Flight Cadets of Flying & Ground Duty Branches Commissioned Into IAF

The Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) was held at Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal Hyderabad on June 19, 2021, marking the successful culmination of training for 161 Flight Cadets of Flying and Ground Duty Branches in the Indian Air Force. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria was the Chief Guest and Reviewing Officer of the CGP, where he conferred the President’s Commission upon the graduating flight cadets. On this occasion, 6 officers from the Indian Navy and 5 officers from the Indian Coast Guard were also awarded ‘Wings’ on successful completion of their flying training.

The Reviewing Officer was received by Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command and Air Marshal IP Vipin Commandant Air Force Academy. Chief of the Air Staff was presented with a general salute by the Parade on his arrival followed by an impressive march past. Highlight of the parade was the ‘Pipping Ceremony’ in which the graduating flight cadets donned their ‘Stripes’ and were awarded ‘Wings’ & ‘Brevets’ by the Chief Guest. The newly commissioned officers were then administered the ‘Oath’ by the Commandant of AFA in the presence of the Reviewing Officer and other dignitaries. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 425 GCs, Including 84 From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Academy; Check State-Wise and Country-Wise List of Cadets.

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After the ‘Pipping Ceremony’, the Reviewing Officer presented awards to the Trainees who had excelled in various disciplines of their training. Flying Officer Prajwal Anil Kulkarni from Flying branch was awarded the President’s Plaque as well as the Chief of the Air Staff Sword of Honour for standing first in overall order of merit in the Pilots’ Course; while Flying Officer Kritika Kulhari was awarded the President’s Plaque for being first in overall order of merit in Ground Duty branches. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 341 GCs Commissioned Into Indian Army; 84 Gentlemen Cadets From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Indian Military Academy.

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Addressing the Parade, CAS commended the AFA and other Training Establishments for timely completion of the training despite severe Covid constraints placed upon the training infrastructure. He noted the significant milestone achieved by the Air Force Academy in achieving over 20,500 flying hours in the last one year – the highest ever in the Academy’s history.

CAS referred to unprecedented and rapidly evolving security challenges and reminded the young officers that they were entering the IAF at a juncture when a rapid infusion of technologies and combat capabilities was driving a monumental transformation in the Air Force. He also highlighted the change in operational methodologies and functioning with development and operationalisation of major automation and networking projects. He exhorted them to hit the ground running and prove their mettle once they reach the field; in order to exploit the state of art aircraft, weapons, sensors and technologies to their fullest.

The grand ceremony culminated with the newly commissioned officers stepping out in slow march to the traditional notes of ‘Auld Lang Syne’; as they received their first salute from the junior course. They then went past the Saluting Dias and passed through the portals of the Academy, symbolising the beginning of their journey in the IAF. Flypast by Pilatus PC-7 Mk-II, Hawks, Kirans and Chetaks as well as display by Sarang, Suryakirans & Akash Ganga Sky Diving team added colour and cheer to an impressive graduation parade.

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Indian Navy – European Union Naval Force Joint Exercise Begins in Gulf of Aden

Indian Naval Ship Trikand, mission deployed for Anti-Piracy Operations, is participating in the maiden IN – EUNAVFOR Joint Naval Exercise in the Gulf of Aden commencing today. A total of five warships from four navies are participating in the exercise on June 18and 19, 2021. Other warships include Italian Navy Ship ITS Carabinere, Spanish Navy Ship ESPS Navarra, and two French Navy Ship FS Tonnerre and FS Surcouf.

The two day exercise will see high tempo-naval operations at sea, including advanced air defence and anti-submarine exercises, cross deck helicopter operations, tactical manoeuvres, boarding operations, underway replenishment, Search & Rescue, Man Overboard drills, and other maritime security operations. Ships of the four navies will endeavour to enhance and hone their war-fighting skills and their ability as an integrated force to promote, peace, security and stability in the maritime domain. Concurrently, a virtual “Information sharing Exercise” is also being conducted between the Indian Navy Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region and Maritime Security Centre-Horn of Africa on 18 June 21. Exercise Desert Flag VI: IAF to Participate in The Military Drill in UAE For The 1st Time.

EUNAVFOR and the Indian Navy converge on multiple issues including counter piracy operations and protection of vessels deployed under the charter of World Food Programme (UN WFP). Indian Navy and EUNAVFOR also have regular interaction through SHADE (Shared Awareness and De-confliction) meetings held annually at Bahrain. This engagement showcases increased levels of synergy, coordination and inter-operability between IN and EUNAVFOR. It also underscores the shared values as partner navies, in ensuring freedom of seas and commitment to an open, inclusive and a rules-based international order.

Indian Military Academy Provides COVID-19 Related Assistance to People of Koti-Dhaloni Village in Dehradun

Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun in its endeavor to reach to the local population during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commandant IMA Lt Gen Harinder Singh, decided to provide COVID-19 Related Assistance to the villagers of Koti-Dhaloni in  Dehradun district.

Village Koti- Dhaloni has  had a very close association with the GCs of IMA as the village  is the  start point  for the climb  to Bhadraj during the outdoor exercise. The village has a nostalgic connect with every  GC passing out  from IMA. COVID-19 in India: Medical ICU Installed Onboard ALH MK III Aircraft For Evacuation Of Critical Patients.

The IMA representated by Col Praneet Dangwal and Sub Maj Raju Sinha, handed over essential equipment and medicines like  fridge, beds, mattress, sanitizers , fans ,pillows , masks , face shields , oxymeters  etc to the Gram Pradhan for the quarantine facility and health centre  of the village. The villagers appreciated the efforts of IMA and paid their gratitude to the  Commandant, IMA for his  generosity.

(Article Source: Indian Military Academy)

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OTA Gaya POP Spring Term 2021: 20 GCs of SCO-46 Course And 60 Gentlemen Cadets of TES-43 Pass Out of The Academy

The Officers’ Training Academy, Gaya wore a spectacular look with traditional military regalia and splendour. The occasion was the 19th Passing Out Parade of Twenty officers of the Special Commissioned Officers’ Course (SCO)-46 was held on June 12, 2021. The SCO Course also included Nine Gentlemen Cadets who were commissioned as officers into the Assam Rifles, while Sixty Gentlemen Cadets of TES-43 Course proceeded to various Army Cadet Training Wings to pursue a degree in Engineering at Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Secunderabad, Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow and College of Military Engineering, Pune.

The Gentlemen Cadets enthralled everyone with their elegant and synchronised drill movements. Lieutenant General G A V Reddy, Shaurya Chakra, Vishisht Seva Medal Commandant, Officers’ Training Academy, Gaya was the Reviewing Officer of the parade. The Silver Medal for standing first in the order of merit amongst the passing out Special Commissioned Officers’ Course was awarded to Academy Cadet Adjutant Gurumayum Kennedy Sharma and Gurez Company was awarded the Chief of Army Staff Banner for Spring Term 2021 for Best Overall Performance as a company. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 425 GCs, Including 84 From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Academy; Check State-Wise and Country-Wise List of Cadets.

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Addressing the parade, the General Officer congratulated the Gentlemen Cadets for their excellent drill. Lieutenant General G A V Reddy urged the future officers to make their Nation and their Alma Mater proud by rendering selfless, dedicated and professional service. He emphasised the importance of being scholar warriors, spearheading innovative responses to myriad challenges on the battlefield so as to outthink; and outperform the adversaries. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 341 GCs Commissioned Into Indian Army; 84 Gentlemen Cadets From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Indian Military Academy.

Congratulating the proud parents who were witnessing the event via live streaming, Lieutenant General G A V Reddy said that they were amongst the lucky few whose sons will get the opportunity to serve in the Armed Forces which stand amongst the best in the world. Officers’ Training Academy, Gaya was raised on 18 July 2011 with the motto of ‘Shaurya Gyan Sankalp’ (Courage, Knowledge and Resolve). Presently, the Academy conducts training for Technical Entry Scheme (TES) and Special Commissioned Officer (SCO) entries. The Gentlemen Cadets of TES course join the Academy after completing their intermediate exams, while SCO Gentlemen Cadets are selected from the ranks.

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IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 425 GCs, Including 84 From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Academy; Check State-Wise and Country-Wise List of Cadets

The Passing Out Parade of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) for the Spring Term 2021 was held on June 12. A total of 425 Gentlemen Cadets of 148 Regular Course and 131 Technical Graduate Course, including 84 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign countries successfully passed out from the portals of the IMA. The parade was reviewed by Lieutenant General RP Singh, GOC-in-C, HQ Western Command.

Maximum number of 66 officers commissioned into the Indian Army were from Uttar Pradesh, followed by 38 from Haryana. Among GCs from friendly foreign countries, highest number of 43 cadets were from Afghanistan, followed by 18 from Bhutan. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 341 GCs Commissioned Into Indian Army; 84 Gentlemen Cadets From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Indian Military Academy.

Here Is the State-wise List of GCs Commissioned Into Indian Army:

S. NOSTATE / UNION TERRITORY148 REG131 TGCTOTAL
1ANDHRA PRADESH101
2ANDAMAN NICOBAR000
3ARUNACHAL PRADESH000
4ASSAM101
5BIHAR29029
6CHANDIGARH101
7CHHATTISGARH000
8DELHI12618
9GUJARAT101
10GOA101
11HARYANA35338
12HIMACHAL PRADESH14216
13JAMMU & KASHMIR17118
14JHARKHAND505
15KARNATAKA101
16LADAKH101
17KERALA707
18INDIANS WITH NEPAL DOMICILE202
19MADHYA PRADESH12214
20MAHARASHTRA15116
21MANIPUR505
22MEGHALAYA000
23MIZORAM000
24NAGALAND000
25ODISHA101
26PUNJAB31132
27PONDICHERRY000
28RAJASTHAN15116
29SIKKIM000
30TAMIL NADU101
31TELANGANA202
32TRIPURA101
33UTTAR PRADESH60666
34UTTARAKHAND35237
35WEST BENGAL9110
 TOTAL31526341

Here Is The Country-wise List of GCs Commissioned Into Armies of Friendly Foreign Countries (148 Regular Course):

 COUNTRYDENDATOTAL
AFGHANISTAN39443
BHUTAN12618
KYRGYZSTAN 11
MALDIVES11
MAURITIUS314
MYANMAR
NEPAL
SRI LANKA11
TAJIKISTAN12113
TANJANIA   
TONGA11
TURKMENISTAN   
VIETNAM22
GRAND TOTAL671784

The entire ceremony was conducted with due COVID-19 precautions, including wearing of masks, gloves and drill formations adapted to  maintain requisite distance between files/columns while executing the drill movements over the reverberating Drill Square against the impressive backdrop of Chetwode building.

The ‘Pipping Ceremony’, which is traditionally done by the parents of the Gentlemen Cadets, was this time carried out by the staff and instructors while observing all social distancing and personal protection protocols. The General Officer complemented and thanked the parents of the passing out course who had motivated their wards for having chosen such a noble profession to serve the nation.

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IMA POP Spring Term 2021: 341 GCs Commissioned Into Indian Army; 84 Gentlemen Cadets From Friendly Foreign Countries Pass Out From Indian Military Academy

The Passing Out Parade for 148 Regular Course and 131 Technical Graduate Course was held at the Indian Military Academy (IMA). A total of 425 Gentlemen Cadets of , including 84 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign countries successfully passed out from the portals of the IMA, overcoming all challenges of COVID-19. The parade was reviewed by Lieutenant General RP Singh, GOC-in-C, HQ Western Command. IMA POP Spring Term 2021 Award Ceremony For Passing Out Courses Held at Khetarpal Auditorium of Indian Military Academy.

The Gentlemen Cadets displayed inspiring enthusiasm and zeal, and put up an excellent show, marching with perfection to Military tunes of `Col Bogey’, `Sare Jahan Se Achha’ and Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja with pride and élan reflecting in each step. They knew that their parents and loved ones were witnessing each step with great pride and affection through the live coverage on all media platforms across the globe.

Lt Gen Singh congratulated the Gentlemen Cadets on successful completion of their training at IMA. Lt Gen RP Singh, complimented the Instructors and Gentlemen Cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp, synergised drill movements indicating high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young leaders.

The entire ceremony was conducted with due COVID-19 precautions, including wearing of masks, gloves and drill formations adapted to  maintain requisite distance between files/columns while executing the drill movements over the reverberating Drill Square against the impressive backdrop of Chetwode building. IMA POP Spring Term 2021 Award Ceremony: Prestigious Motivation Trophy Awarded To GC From Bhutan Kinley Norbu, Afghan GC Ehsanullah Saadat Also Felicitated.

The reviewing officer also complimented the 84 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign countries. He said “As you step into the folds of the Army, every bit of what you have imbibed here shall be put to test and each one of us have complete confidence that you shall come out with flying colours. For the 341 Indian Gentlemen Cadets passing out course and the 84 Gentlemen Cadets from our Friendly Foreign Countries, this is a momentous occasion which shall be etched in your memory and treasured forever by you. The bonds that you have forged here shall bind our countries together and guide our partnerships ahead in this complex, yet inter-connected globalised world. We must work and move forward with our strong belief in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (The World is One Family). Let me congratulate each one of you on this defining moment of your commissioning as an officer, for having successfully completed the challenging training at the Academy, particularly during the prevailing circumstances”.

While addressing the Passing out Course, Lt Gen Singh,exhorted all to dedicate themselves to the service of the nation. He said “These are extremely challenging times while the world battles with the COVID Pandemic and witnesses a host of varied conflicts across the world. You are stepping into an era typified by disruptive technologies, blurring definition of threats, expanding domains of conflict and an interplay of multi-polar complexities. The external and internal challenges that our nation faces from adversarial forces are only set to increase as we rise to take our destined place in the new global order. As warrior leaders of the future, your awareness, proficiency and leadership has to therefore remain extremely dynamic and evolve constantly. The Chetwode Motto must always remain at the core which accords priority to your nation and the men you command. Character, Selflessness, Empathy, Risk Taking and Firm Resolve must guide you as young leaders. To inspire and motivate, there is no substitute to personal conduct and a soldierly ethos.”

The ‘Pipping Ceremony’, which is traditionally done by the parents of the Gentlemen Cadets, was this time carried out by the staff and instructors while observing all social distancing and personal protection protocols. The General Officer complemented and thanked the parents of the passing out course who had motivated their wards for having chosen such a noble profession to serve the nation.

The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards:-

  • The coveted award of the Sword of Honour was presented to Battalion Under Officer Mukesh Kumar.
  • Gold Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit was presented to Academy Under Officer Deepak Singh.
  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was presented to Battalion Under Officer Mukesh Kumar.
  • Bronze Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was presented to Academy Cadet Adjutant Loveneet Singh.
  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was presented to Junior Under Officer Daksh Kumar Pant.
  • Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to Junior Under Officer Kinley Norbu.
  • Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Dograi Coyfor standing Overall First amongst 16 companies for the Spring Term 2021.

While being conducted in a scaled down format on account of prevailing COVID conditions, the Passing Out Parade retained its ceremonial grandeur and regalia symbolic of this ‘once in a lifetime’ moment for the proud Gentlemen Cadets. The Parade was earlier preceded by a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Academy War Memorial in which the Academy remembered its 889 martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in service of the nation through the years. All trainees committed themselves to follow the same path of bravery and selfless courage.

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IMA POP Spring Term 2021: Watch Live Streaming of Passing Out Parade On YouTube Channel of Indian Military Academy From 6 AM Onwards

The Indian Military Academy’s (IMA) passing out parade for the spring term 2021 will take place on June 12, 2021. The IMA POP spring term 2021 will be held at Chetwode Drill Square. The parade will be reviewed by Lieutenant General RP Singh, GOC-in-C, HQ Western Command. A total of 425 Gentlemen Cadets of 148 Regular Course and 131 Technical Graduate Course, including 84 GCs from friendly foreign countries will pass out from the IMA. Viewers can catch the live streaming of the IMA spring term 2021 on YouTube channel – “IMA POP and Pipping Ceremony June 2021”.

Due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the parents and the family members of the Passing Out Gentlemen Cadets will not be able to attend the ceremony. The entire event will however be showcased for them live on various media channels. The pipping ceremony, which is traditionally done by the parents of the Passing Out Course, will be solemnised by the Instructor staff posted at IMA.

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The ceremonies associated with the Passing Out Parade commenced on June 11, 2021, with a solemn wreath laying ceremony, where homage will be paid to the brave alumni of this prestigious training academy, 889 of whom have made the supreme sacrifice to uphold the honour of the Nation and protect its Sovereignty, in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

The COVID pandemic posed serious challenges for the Academy but the extremely pro-active measures and strict enforcement of requisite protocols ensured a largely ‘COVID Free’ environment. The academy progressed uninterrupted training over last 16-18 months to fulfill its mandate of training future ready warrior leaders.

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IMA POP Spring Term 2021: Commandant’s Parade Held At Indian Military Academy’s Chetwode Drill Square; Passing Out Parade on June 12

The historic Chetwode Drill Square played host to the Commandant’s Parade for Spring Term 2021 on June 10. The Commandant’s Parade marked the culmination of training of 341 Indian and 84 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign countries. Owing to the COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, only the IMA staff and other the trainees witnessed the impressive Parade. IMA POP Spring Term 2021 on June 12; Indian Military Academy Prepares For Passing Out Parade, Parents of GCs Not Allowed Due to COVID-19.

Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Commandant, Indian Military Academy who reviewed the Parade, complimented all the Gentlemen Cadets for an immaculate turnout and excellent drill movements, which indicated a high level of motivation, pride and cohesion achieved by them during their training at IMA. He also congratulated everyone for facing all challenges towards completing the training successfully. IMA POP Spring Term 2021: Deputy Commandant; Chief Instructor’s Parade Held At Indian Military Academy’s Chetwode Drill Square.

Lt Gen Harinder Singh in his address to the Gentlemen Cadets highlighted that the Army’s reputation rests firmly on their shoulders. He said that they have earned this honour with hard work and they need to retain it by living up to the Army’s core values of Character, Competence, Commitment and Compassion. He also exhorted the Gentlemen Cadets to maintain these high ideals and pursue excellence, at all times.

The General Officer in his address to the Cadets said that “I wish to acknowledge & compliment you for your commitment to serve the nation and uphold the legacy of an unbroken chain of heroes and patriots. There are no guaranteed successes in the profession of arms, but unquestionable integrity will certainly tilt the odds in your favour. Courage, physical & moral, must be evident in your actions & decision. It is said that ‘Honour is simply the morality of superior men’. IMA POP Spring Term 2021 Award Ceremony: Prestigious Motivation Trophy Awarded To GC From Bhutan Kinley Norbu, Afghan GC Ehsanullah Saadat Also Felicitated.

Therefore, you must acquire the wisdom to differentiate between right & wrong and possess the strength of character to stand by your values, morals & ethics, even in the most strenuous of times. As a leader, your action will have a far greater impact than your words. Therefore, selflessness & responsibility must be second nature to you”.

The General Officer also extended the compliments to the 84 Gentleman Cadets from the friendly foreign countries for having endured the rigorous regimen of training, exhibiting excellent transformation and now getting ready to don the ranks in their respective armies, as most proficient Officers.

He addressed them specifically while stating that “the strong bond of togetherness that you have developed in IMA shall foster into a bond that will keep the diplomatic and military ties between our nations stronger and vibrant. Soon, you will become a part of your great traditional armies. I am confident that the spirit of the Indian Military Academy will guide all of you in your future courses of action. You must always endeavor to achieve greatness in whatever you do”.

In the end, he encouraged the Gentlemen Cadets to put their best foot forward for the final Passing out Parade and wished all the Gentlemen Cadets the very best in the years ahead. The Commandant also congratulated the Parents and dear ones of the Passing Out Course for the achievements of their sons and in backdrop of COVID precautions advised them to watch the live coverage of all POP events on media to feel part of the celebration and the pride associated with it.

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