By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 5 Dec: The historic Chetwode Drill Square played host to the Commandant’s Parade for Autumn Term 2019, here, today. The Commandant’s Parade marked the culmination of training of 306 Indian and 71 Gentlemen Cadets from ten 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. Commandant Lt Gen SK Jha, 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. In his address to the Gentlemen Cadets, Lt General Jha highlighted that the Army’s reputation rested firmly on their shoulders. He said that they had earned this honour through hard work and 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, “The Safety, Honour and Welfare of your Country come First, Always and Every Time. The Honour, Welfare and Comfort of the Men you command come next. Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time”. He said Gentlemen Cadets should aspire to maintain these high ideals and pursue excellence at all times. The General Officer also extended compliments to the 71 Gentleman Cadets from the friendly foreign countries for having endured the rigorous regimen of training, exhibiting excellent transformation and now getting ready to don the ranks in their respective armies, as most refined Officers. He said the strong bond of togetherness that they had developed in IMA would foster a bond that would keep the diplomatic and military ties between the nations stronger and vibrant. He encouraged the Gentlemen Cadets to put their best foot forward at the final Passing out Parade and wished all the Gentlemen Cadets the very best in the years ahead.