By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 6 Jun: The historic Chetwode Drill Square played host to the Commandant’s Parade for the IMA Spring Term 2019, here, today. The Commandant’s Parade marked the culmination of training by 382 Indian and 77 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign countries. A large number of school children from Dehradun and neighbouring cities, local citizens and Army personnel with their families and friends witnessed the impressive parade.
Lt Gen SK Jha, Commandant, Indian Military Academy, who reviewed the Parade, complimented all the Gentlemen Cadets for an immaculate turnout and excellent drill movements, which indicated a high level of motivation, pride and cohesion achieved by them during their training at IMA. He also congratulated everyone for being on the verge of completing the training successfully.
General SK Jha highlighted that the Army’s reputation rested firmly on their shoulders. He said they had earned this honour with hard work and they needed to retain it by living up to the Army’s core values of Character, Competence, Commitment and Compassion. These values were reflected in the IMA’s Code of Conduct and Gentlemen Cadets aspiring to high ideals and pursuing excellence, needed to demonstrate these at all times.
The General also complimented the 77 Gentleman Cadets from friendly foreign countries for having endured the rigorous regimen of the training, exhibiting excellent transformation and becoming ready to don the ranks in their respective armies as top notch officers. He said the strong bond of togetherness that they had developed in IMA shall foster into a concerted effort towards countering the umpteen global challenges the world faces today.
At the end, he encouraged the Gentlemen Cadets to put their best foot forward for the final Passing out Parade and wished all the Gentlemen Cadets the very best in the years ahead.