Deputy commandant’s parade held at IMA

The parade marks preparation for the final PoP scheduled on June 11

Wednesday, 08 June 2022 | PNS | Dehradun

The deputy commandant’s parade was held at Chetwode drill square of the  Indian Military Academy (IMA) on Tuesday in which 288 Indian and 89 Foreign Gentlemen Cadets (FGC) participated with vigour and enthusiasm.  The reviewing officer (RO) of the parade was deputy commandant and chief instructor of the IMA, Major General Alok Joshi.   

In his address, the RO complimented the GCs and encouraged them to be the finest officers of the Indian army. He also emphasised the importance of valour, honour, ethos and fine traditions of the Indian Army. He mentioned that the efforts of the faculty and the hard work of the Gentlemen Cadets (GC) were quite evident from the crisp and coordinated movements on the drill square. He commended the GCs for attaining stellar training standards despite all modifications in training and exhorted them to continue with their endeavours to excel.

The general complimented the FGCs from friendly foreign countries on successful completion of the training and wished them all the success ahead as they carry the cherished memories of their time at IMA.

“We have trained you hard here- it was meant to be that way, so that no obstacle will be a challenge and any enemy who dares to cross your path will be assured of his decimation. Crossing the ‘Antim Pag’ your training does not end, it only commences. The time has come to put it to practice and execute your duties as you don the mantle of young leaders in a few days from now. Keep your nerves and have confidence in yourself and your training,’’ he said.

He further said, “Whenever situations demand you to choose between military ideals taught in the academy and actual ground realities, in such times, you must recall the ‘Chetwode Credo’ and the ‘Honour Code’. The choice will always be between the harder right and an easier wrong and I presume we all know the right course. In that way you will be able to always look your men, colleagues, and superiors squarely in the eyes, self-assured and confident with an aura of a true leader. The real test is not when your men follow you in success, when everything is going on well. It is when they follow you in reverses and defeat when the chips are down.’’ 

The chief instructor’s parade marks preparation for the final Passing out Parade scheduled on June 11.

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