The commandant’s parade which marked the culmination of training of 333 Indian and 90 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign countries of spring term, 2020 was organised at Chetwode drill square of Indian Military Academy (IMA) on Thursday.
The Commandant of the IMA, Lieutenant General J S Negi was the reviewing officer (RO) of the parade. In his address, he complimented all the Gentlemen Cadets (GC) for an immaculate turnout and excellent drill movements, which indicated a high level of motivation, pride and cohesion achieved by them during their training at IMA.
While exhorting that the Army’s reputation rests firmly on their shoulders, the IMA Commandant said that they have earned this honour with hard work and they need to retain it by living up to the Army’s core values of ‘Character, Competence, Commitment and Compassion’. “Once commissioned, you shall be put in a furnace of testing your strength and purity. Remember purity of action results from purity of intention. Hence, be genuine in your concerns for your men. If you show them your competence, your men will respect you, but if you show them your concerns, they will trust you and happily take a bullet for the task you assign. Understanding your men by capitalising on their strengths and weaknesses is a continuous learning process and an important human resource management skill which you need to master from your experience,’’ he said. The General Officer also extended the compliments to the 90 Gentleman Cadets from the friendly foreign countries for having endured the rigorous regimen of training, exhibiting excellent transformation and now getting ready to don the ranks in their respective armies, as most refined Officers. In the end, he encouraged the GCs to put their best foot forward for the final Passing out Parade (PoP) and wished all the Gentlemen Cadets the very best in the years ahead. The shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic was visible in the parade as only the IMA staff and other the trainees witnessed the impressive Parade.
Friday, 12 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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