Reviewed by Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Command, the cadets marched to the tune of Auld Lang Syne, a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788, on Tuesday.
Lt Gen Rawat told the cadets to keep on updating themselves with the latest in their respective services.
“Technology is a force multiplier and therefore, without a doubt, each one of us must be technology-savvy,” Lt Gen Rawat said.
While stating that the military is not looking at producing ‘armchair warriors’, he said, “Each of us must be battle-worthy, by being physically fit and strong, capable of doing tasks that we expect our soldiers to do, whether it be on a tank, ship, fighter jet or on our feet.”
Dressed in the ceremonial uniform, the cadets marched in perfect synchronization on the Khetrapal parade ground, named after PVC Lt Arun Khetrapal.
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With these future heroes of our country marched 14 cadets of friendly nations, including Bhutan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Papua New Guinea, Kyrgyztan and Tonga.
The sound of their drill in harmony with the tune reverberated through the academy, located in Khadakwasla near Pune with the picturesque Sinhagad valley as the perfect backdrop.
The top three honours were taken by Army cadets.
Academy Cadet Captain Avinash Chhetry won the President’s gold medal. Academy Cadet Adjutant Utkarsh Pandey won the silver medal and Battalion Cadet Captain Naman Bhatt won the bronze medal.
Every year, two batches of the tri-services training academy pass out and join the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
The cadets would be joining training academies of their respective forces for a year before getting commissioned as officers.