The Indian Military Academy (known as IMA) trains young cadets into becoming army officers. It is one of the foremost military academies of the world. Each year, tens of thousands of applicants apply to become part of this prestigious institution but only a few fortunate ones get selected. Here is a list of interesting facts about IMA that you probably didn’t know:
1. Established on 1st October 1932, the Indian Military Academy is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 8 km west of Dehradun in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.
2. A trainee on admission to the IMA is referred to as a ‘Gentleman Cadet’ or ‘GC’.
One reason for this is that the academy expects its graduates to uphold the highest moral and ethical values.
3. The first batch of GCs to pass out of the Academy are known as the ‘Pioneers’.
It included Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, General Muhammad Musa, and Lieutenant General Smith Dun, who became the Army Chiefs of India, Pakistan, and Burma respectively.
4. The IMA Passing Out Parade is held for each batch twice a year.
It marks the end of the training period after which the Gentlemen Cadets are commissioned into the army.
5. The GC who shows an overall best performance during his or her entire training period at the IMA is awarded the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ at the final passing out ceremony.
6. The motto of the academy is “Valour and Wisdom”.
7. So far, a total of 2,014 foreign cadets had passed out from the academy.
Some of the countries that have sent cadets to the IMA to get trained are – Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Uganda, Ghana, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Yemen.
8. The Khetarpal Auditorium of IMA is named after Second Lieutenant PVC Arun Khetarpal, who was martyred in the Battle of Basantar during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 at the age of 21.
He remains the youngest Param Veer Chakra recipient till date.
9. Inaugurated by Field Marshal Manekshaw on 17th November 1999, The IMA War Memorial is built to pay homage to the alumni of the academy who have fallen in the course of action.
10. Six alumni of the academy have earned the ‘Param Vir Chakra’, India’s highest military honor.
They are Major Somnath Sharma, Posthumous; Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria, Posthumous; Lieutenant Colonel Hoshiar Singh; 2nd Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, Posthumous; Captain Vikram Batra, Posthumous, and Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey, Posthumous.
A big salute to all who make it to the institution, and especially to the martyred ones.