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OTA Chennai Passing Out Parade(POP) 13 Sep 2014

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.

Chief guest inspecting the passing out parade.

Chief guest inspecting the passing out parade.

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.

AUO CHANDRA SHEKHAR GULERIA with the chief guest.

AUO CHANDRA SHEKHAR GULERIA with the chief guest.

“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.

Parade marching at its best!

Parade marching at its best!

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.

Adjutant OTA, Chennai inspecting parde while being mounted on 'Tej'.

Adjutant OTA, Chennai inspecting parde while being mounted on ‘Tej’.

“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.

Josh bubbling out of these cadets!

Josh bubbling out of these cadets!

Parade giving General Salute to Lt Gen Campose

Parade giving General Salute to Lt Gen Campose.

Prize winners(Prapak's) marching smartly towards the saluting dias.

Prize winners(Prapak’s) marching smartly towards the saluting dias.

ACA Maninder Pal Singh receives regards for getting Sword of Honour.

ACA Maninder Pal Singh receives regards for getting Sword of Honour.

The sword of honour, the highest recognition for cadets, was awarded to Academy Cadet Adjutant (ACA) Maninder Pal Singh.

All four prize winners stand in a row to receive, what they deserve! ACA, BUO, SUO & AUO.

All five prize winners stand in a row to receive, what they deserve! ACA, BUO, SUO, AUO & SUO.

These are the medal winners for SSC 98 –

  1. Sword of Honour – ACA Maninder Pal Singh
  2. Gold Medal Winner – BUO Preeti Mudela
  3. Silver Medal Winner –  SUO Mokshita Singh
  4. Bronze Medal Winner – AUO Chander Shekhar Guleria
Best coy being awarded the Champion Company Banner for this year!

Best coy being awarded the Champion Company Banner for this year!

Cadets pass through the portal of Academy -The Antim Pag!

Cadets pass through the portal of Academy -The Antim Pag!

Pipping ceremony!

Piping ceremony!

ACA piped by his parents and Senior officer.

ACA piped by his parents and Senior officer.

Newly commissioned Lt being piped by Comdt OTA, Chennai.

Newly commissioned Lt being piped by Comdt OTA, Chennai.

Music being played during piping ceremony.

Music being played during piping ceremony.

Lt Gen Compose interacts with young officers.

Lt Gen Campose interacts with young officers.

Joshilee push up for the last time!

Joshilee push up for the last time!

Joy is in the air!

Joy is in the air! Aasman chuna hai inhe!!

In the name of course spirit!

In the name of course spirit!

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.

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3 comments on “OTA Chennai Passing Out Parade(POP) 13 Sep 2014

  1. Dushyant
    June 18, 2015

    The picture which you have captioned,”Lt Gen Campose interacts with young officers.” is actually not of Gen Campose. That senior offr is from a different army altogether. Gen Campose can be seen in the picture where you have mentioned,”ACA piped by his parents and Senior officer.”

  2. Sohan
    November 24, 2014

    Congratulations, to all newly commissioned officers..

  3. Chetanya
    November 19, 2014

    All the best to these brave hearts!!

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