Three hundred and forty-seven Gentlemen Cadets passed out from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun on Saturday to join the Indian Army. The glittering passing out parade witnessed the Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) displaying tremendous enthusiasm, vigour and zeal, putting up an excellent show, marching to Military tunes of `Col Bogey’ and `Sare Jahan Se Achha’ with pride and élan. Besides the Indian cadets, an additional 80 foreign Gentlemen Cadets from seven friendly foreign countries also completed their graduation to head for their native countries.
Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General D Anbu reviewed the parade and praising the young officers he said, “I compliment all cadets for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp and energetic drill movements indicating the high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young Gentlemen Cadets.”
The review officer congratulated the award winners on their commendable achievement which he said is a reflection of their hard work and toil that they have put in while undergoing training here in IMA. He expressed his felicitations to the Gentlemen Cadets of friendly foreign countries who also got commissioned.
Towards the end, Lieutenant General D Anbu said that IMA’s world-class reputation and the achievements of its officers are attributed to the outstanding quality of its instructors and staff. Complimenting the effort, he said that the IMA has instilled in the GCs a sense of duty, loyalty, and service to the nation.
The Reviewing Officer presented the coveted award of the Sword of Honour and gold medal to Arjun Thakur, silver medal for standing second overall in the course to Gurvir Singh Talwar, while Gurvansh Singh Gosal won the bronze medal. The Chief of Army Staff Banner was awarded to Sangro Coy (MA Bn) for standing overall first among 16 companies for the Autumn Term 2018.