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Dehradun, 6 June. The Passing Out Parade symbolizes the culmination of rigorous training and the transformation of a gentlemen cadet into a young Officer. Amidst the challenges posed by COVID, the Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor’s (DC&CI) parade was conducted on     06 Jun 2023 at the historic Chetwode drill square, wherein 332 Indian and 42 Foreign Gentleman Cadets displayed their immaculate turnout and precision marching. This marks the preparation for the grand finale on 10 Jun.

The Parade was reviewed by Maj Gen Alok Joshi, Sena Medal, Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor of the Indian Military Academy. He complimented the Gentleman cadets and encouraged them to be the finest officers of the Indian Army. He also emphasized the importance of character, valour, honour, ethos and fine traditions of the Indian Army. He mentioned that the efforts of the faculty and the hard work of the Gentleman Cadets were evident from the crisp and coordinated movements on the Drill Square.

During the address to the passing out course Maj Gen Alok Joshi, she reminded me what he had said during his opening address – ‘Adversity builds Character’ and that – ‘Adversity Reveals Character’ as well.  He said that “The path that lies before you is not an easy one, but rest assured, you are prepared, the rigorous training you have undergone has honed not just your minds and bodies but also your spirits, equipping you to face the trials and tribulations that await you” 

He reminded them that “You will be called upon to ensure the safety and security of our citizens, to defend our borders with unwavering valour, and to uphold the principles that make our country great” and added, “Do not ever betray this trust the nation has placed on you.”     He also said “As you stand tall in your uniforms today, remember the weight they carry – the weight of history, the weight of tradition, and the weight of countless heroes who have served before you”

 “Your actions will speak louder than any words, and it is through you unwavering commitment to duty, your unyielding compassion, and your relentless pursuit of excellence that you inspire those around you.” He exhorted them to be a fair leader, who is a provider of Hope and Courage and never looses sight of his purpose and a perpetual learner who collects the pearls of wisdom from all quarters; seniors, colleagues, and subordinates alike.

The Deputy Commandant & Chief Instructor, IMA complimented Gentleman Cadets from seven friendly foreign countries on the successful completion of the training and wished them all the success ahead as they carry the cherished memories of their time at IMA.

The Parade was reflective of the excellence that the Academy has always stood for and set the stage for the stellar conduct of the main events scheduled for 9th and 10th Jun 2023, which shall be telecast live on various channels and social media.



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