Recently, four hundred and fifty-seven Gentlemen Cadets completed training at Dehradun’s Indian Military Academy and conducted the Passing Out Parade. The parade was held by the cadets at the drill square of IMA’s Chetwode Hall. While most of the cadets will become Indian Army officers, some of them will join the Armed Forces of seven other countries. The cadets were part of Indian Military Academy’s 125th Technical Graduate Course and 142nd Regular Course.
The parade culminated as per the tradition of IMA, with the cadets marching past the plaque with the words “Antim Pag” engraved on it marking the last steps that herald the beginning of their Armed Forces career. The cadets gave a ceremonial welcome to the Reviewing Officer and Chief Guest of the parade, General Rajendra Chhetri, who is Nepal Army’s Chief of Army Staff. He rode a carriage, which was donated to the academy by Maharaja of Patiala, for arriving at Chetwode Drill Square.
A ceremonial reception was presented to other dignitaries too, including Army Training Command’s GOC Manoj Mukund Naravane, IMA Commandant Lieutenant General S. K. Jha, and IMA’s Deputy Commandant cum Chief Instructor Maj. Gen. J. S. Nehra.
In his speech, Gen. Chhetri expressed gratitude towards the Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat for the invitation to be the Reviewing Officer and Chief Guest of the parade. He said that the goodwill and trust between the Armed Forces and people of Nepal and India are deep-rooted and reminded the cadets that leading is about caring and sharing. The Nepal Army Chief told Gentlemen Cadets of other countries that the training they have got at IMA is of the highest order and that they should keep friendships even after leaving the academy.
After the speech, Gen. Chhetri also felicitated the Gentleman Cadets who excelled in different aspects of training. After the parade, the cadets arrived at Somnath Stadium for the ceremony where epaulets were piped on the uniforms of the young officers. It was followed by the oath taking ceremony, where cadets vowed to diligently serve the country. The event in the stadium ended with cadets jumping up in joy, embracing each other, and doing shared push-up exercises to loud cheers from the viewers.