The passing-out-parade of the 130th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA) was a proud moment for 312 cadets and their families.
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.
Addressing the cadets Lt Gen Rawat reminded them of the changing scenario of warfare.
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.
Of the 312 cadets, 211 are from the Army wing, 36 from the Navy wing and 65 from the Indian Air Force wing.
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 cadets took the final step called ‘Antim Pag’ which symbolizes the successful completion of their three years rigorous transformation from a commoner to an officer.
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.
The cadets were earlier awarded their BA in Social Science and BSc in Science and Computer Science degrees from JNU.
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.