A total of 238 Officer Cadets, which include 191 Gentlemen Cadets, 35 Lady Cadets, 12 Gentleman Cadets from Afghanistan, were commissioned as Officers following the completion of vigorous training at the Academy.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command Lieutenant General D Anbu reviewed the spectacular parade which was commanded by Academy Under Officer (AUO) Pushpendra Singh.
The Officers Cadets marched out with precision from Parameshwaram Drill Square to the tune of ‘ Auld Lang Syne ’, taking the ‘Final Step’, thus symbolizing the end of their training, which in fact is the first step towards an exciting and demanding career as the custodians of the nation’s integrity and honour.
The proud parents of the Officer Cadets, dignitaries, relatives of our fallen war heroes, and members of the diplomatic fraternity witnessed the mesmerizing parade.
Addressing the parade, the Reviewing Officer congratulated OTA for having toiled hard to turn out such smart and capable set of young military leaders. The RO urged the young officers to strive hard towards perfection in their profession and to lead a life with nobility.
During the parade, the Reviewing Officer presented various awards. The most coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ and the ‘gold medal’ was presented to AUO Pushpendra Singh. The silver medal for standing second in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to ACA Sangram Chauhan and the bronze medal for standing third in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to BUO Deepak Kumar Jakhar. The banner for Champion Company was awarded to Basantar Company.
The Officer Cadets were pipped by their parents. The event was followed by the Oath Taking Ceremony. The audience gathered at the Pipping Lawn under the Tricolour as the cadets took the oath in the name of Constitution of India.
The passing out cadets repeated the words “I will as in duty bound honestly and faithfully serve in the regular Army of the Union of India and go wherever ordered by land, sea or air and that I will observe and obey all commands of President of the Union of India and the command of any officer set over me even to the peril of my life” after the Adjutant Lieutenant Colonel Arjun Sharma of the Jat Regiment.