Good, bad and unexpected of Military life.
CHENNAI (13 SEP 2014) :
The SSC-98 and SSC(W)-12 Course comprising of as many as 204 men and 42 lady cadets marched onto the Parameshwaran drill square on the Officers Training Academy (OTA) campus on Saturday morning, marking their official induction into the Army, it was a proud moment for their family and friends seated in the gallery.
The cadets — the Army’s newest lieutenants — marched ahead in perfect sync with the drum beats of the army band, they were to be posted at any frontier or installation across the country in the two hours following the conclusion of the passing out parade. The guard of honour was inspected by Lt Gen Philip Campose, vice-chief of Army Staff, who was the reviewing officer of the parade. The academy also had 21 cadets from Afghanistan, Seychelles and Lesotho passing out of the academy in the same parade.
“Cadets must keep themselves up to date about technological aspects as the army is focusing more on modernization with the changing times,” said Lt Gen Campose in his address.
The cadets marched into the ground a few minutes after 6 am in a formation of four different companies of the academy. Major general G Murali, deputy commandant and chief instructor of OTA, took the salute from the cadets followed by Lt General SS Jog, commandant, OTA.
“It was a beautiful and precise passing day parade indicating the high confidence of the cadets,” said Colonel (retd) Joseph Reddy, who was invited to witness the parade.
The sword of honour, the highest recognition for cadets, was awarded to Academy Cadet Adjutant (ACA) Maninder Pal Singh.
These are the medal winners for SSC 98 –
The passing out parade, as it is generally called, is the most significant and spectacular event in the life of the cadets, as it marks their entry into the officer cadre of the Indian Army. It also means the end of an arduous training and the beginning of the privileges and thrills of the life in uniform. The arduous and grueling preparation is only one salient of the military training imparted at the Officers Training Academy, Chennai.