LUCKNOW || The Drill Square of Officers Training Academy (OTA) wore a spectacular look with traditional military regalia and splendour on the occasion of the 10th Passing out Parade. Lieutenant General Satish Dua, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee was the Reviewing Officer of the parade.
119 Gentleman Cadets of the Technical Entry Course Serial – 28 who completed their basic military training from this Academy in December 2013 along with 30 Special Commission Officers of Course Serial – 37 got commissioned into the Indian Army.
97 Gentleman Cadets of Technical Entry Scheme Serial – 34 proceeded to various engineering colleges of the Army to pursue their engineering degrees from Military Engineering Colleges at Secunderabad, Mhow and Pune.
Lieutenant General Dua arrived at the venue in a majestic Horse Drawn Carriage escorted by smartly dressed mounted horse riders. He was received at the venue by Lieutenant General Vinod Vashisht, Commandant, Officers Training Academy, Gaya. Lieutenant General Satish Dua was accorded a salute by the parade followed by an impressive March Past.
Lieutenant General Satish Dua also gave away various awards to the Gentleman Cadets who had excelled in training. The prestigious Sword of Honour for best in overall performance among TES – 28 Course was awarded to Gentleman Cadet B. Prabhu Devan. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals as per Order of Merit were awarded to Gentleman Cadet B. Prabhu Devan, Gentleman Cadet Pushpendra Choudhary and Gentleman Cadet Girish A.
Masti respectively. The Silver Medal for standing first in the Order of Merit among the Passing out SCO course was awarded to Gentleman Cadet Arun Kumar. Kalidhar Company was awarded the Chief of Army Staff Banner Autumn Term 2016 for best overall performance as a company.
Later, addressing the parade, Lieutenant General Satish Dua congratulated the Gentleman Cadets for their excellent standard of turnout and drill. He urged the future officers to make their Nation and their Alma Mater proud by rendering selfless and honourable service. He also stressed on the virtues of military ethos and soldierly qualities which they should imbibe.
Congratulating the parents, Lieutenant General Satish Dua said that they were among a few lucky parents whose sons will get the opportunity to serve in one of the noblest professions the Indian Army.
The parade culminated with the Passing Out Course stepping on the shimmering stone of the ‘Antim Pag’ (the ‘Final Step’) who were then administered the oath by the Adjutant of the Academy in presence of the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. The badges of officers’ rank were then placed on the shoulders of the newly commissioned officers by their parents and close relatives.
The Gentleman Cadets mersmerized a large gathering of military and civilian dignitaries and family members of the trainees with their suave and graceful drill movements in an impressive parade.
It was an experience of a lifetime for the parents of the newly commissioned officers. All of them were overwhelmed with emotional feelings and said that they were very proud of their sons. OTA, Gaya was raised on 18 July 2011 with the motto of ‘Shaurya, Gyan, Sankalp’ (Courage, Knowledge & Resolve). Presently, the Academy conducts training for the Technical Entry Scheme and Special Commission Officer entries, popularly known as the TES and SCO respectively.
The Cadets belonging to the former category join the Academy after completing the 10+2 schooling. The latter are selected from the rank and files of the Armed Forces. The TES entry undergo one year of Basic Military Training before proceeding to various Military Technical Institutions for engineering studies. They get commissioned on completion of three years of their technical training. Gentleman Cadets from friendly foreign countries also undergo the course. 02 Foreign Gentleman Cadets have successfully completed the training.