Saturday, June 8, 2013

Army Chief Reviews PoP Of Third Batch At OTA Gaya

COAS ON THE SALUTING BASE, a photo by Chindits on Flickr.
General   Bikram Singh, the Chief of Army Staff reviewed the Passing out Parade of the third batch of officers of Officers’ Training Academy (OTA), Gaya, at the sprawling Drill Square of the academy. The Drill Square of Officers Training Academy wore a spectacular look with traditional military regalia and splendour. 37 Special Commission Officers were commissioned into the Army while 91 cadets completed their Basic Military Training before proceeding to various military technical institutions to complete their balance training. The passing out parade mesmerised a large gathering of military, police and civil dignitaries and family members of the trainees with their suave and graceful drill movements.

It will be recalled that OTA, Gaya was raised on 18 July 2011 with the motto ‘Shaurya, Gyan, Sankalp’ (Courage, Wisdom, Resolve) to plug shortage of officers in the Indian Army. Presently, the Academy conducts training for the Technical Entry Scheme (TES) and Special Commission Officer (SCO) entries. The cadets belonging to the former category join the academy after completing their 10+2 schooling while the cadets for the latter are selected from the rank and files of the armed forces.The TES entrants undergo one year of basic military training before proceeding to various Military Technical Institutions for engineering studies. Commission is granted on completion of technical training. The SCO Cadets Course entrants receive pre- commission training before joining as officers in the Army.
The Reviewing Officer was accorded a salute by the parade followed by an impressive March Past. The Reviewing Officer also gave away various awards to the gentleman cadets who had excelled in training. The Gold Medals for standing first in the Order of Merit for the SCO and TES entries were awarded to Rajesh Sharma and KartikeyaRawat respectively.

Later, addressing the parade, the Chief of Army Staff congratulated the gentlemen cadets for an excellent standard of turnout and drill. He spoke of the glorious history of the Indian Army and exhorted the newly commissioned officers to follow its great traditions and strive harder to achieve higher goals. He stressed on the challenges of modern warfare, including asymmetrical threats and emphasised the need to keep pace with technological advancements. Quoting Chetwodian credo- “The Safety, Honour and Welfare of your Country Come First, Always and Every Time.  The Welfare and Comfort of the men you command come next. Your own Ease, Safety comes Last, Always and Every Time”, he impressed upon the need to follow it in letter and spirit. The General expressed his satisfaction at the infrastructure and training standards achieved in the Academy in a short period of time.
The parade culminated with the ‘AntimPag’ ( the ‘Final Step’)  after which the new officers were administered the oath by the Adjutant of the Academy in  presence of the Reviewing Officer, Commandant and other senior officers present on the occasion. The officers also received their badges of rank in the following ceremony.

The parents and relatives of the newly commissioned officers were overwhelmed with emotion and expressed pride as their children joined the elite officer cadre of the Indian Army. Congratulating the parents, the reviewing officer said that they were amongst the few lucky parents whose children got the opportunity to serve the nation by being in the Army. 


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