An impressive show of skills as 360 cadets pass out from NDA
There was high-level discipline and synchronisation on display when 360 cadets of the country’s prime defence institute, National Defence Academy showed their skills at the passing out parade of the 126th course of NDA on Saturday. The parade was viewed by chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.
Commandant of NDA, Air Marshal KS Gill, Deputy Commandant Maj Gen Ashok Ambre, other senior officers and faculty were also present at the passing out parade which took place at Arun Khetrapal parade ground on Saturday.
Along with the disciplined parade of the cadets, the fly past by Sukhoi’s Jaguars, Chetak helicopters and Super Dimonas caught the attention of the audience.
Along with Indian cadets, 13 foreign cadets from friendly countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives and Kazakhstan also passed out from NDA on Saturday. Among them, 245 cadets will be joining the Army, 38 cadets will be joining the Navy and 78 cadets will be joining the Air Force. While addressing the cadets after the parade, Air Chief Marshal Raha said, “ In the era of sub conventional warfare, the passing out cadets should convert every challenge into an opportunity and inspire others with their leadership.”
Firsts among equals steal the show
It was a moment of pride not only for these three cadets and their parents but the entire staff of Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) as all the three medal winning cadets at the passing out parade at National Defence Academy (NDA) are past students of RIMC.
There were three cadets who won prestigious medals for their excellent performance during the three years course. Interestingly, 17 other cadets who also passed out from NDA on Saturday, are also past students of RIMC.
Academy Cadet Adjutant Rahul Kadian who won the President gold medal hails from Bhiwani in Haryana. Speaking to dna, Rahul said that his father who served in the Indian coast guard was his biggest inspiration. “ I grew up watching my father and since childhood I had wanted to join the armed forces. RIMC was the first step towards achieving this dream and now I am very happy to complete the course from NDA,” he said. Rahul would be joining the Indian Navy after completing training at the Indian Naval Academy in Ezimala.
Vivek Yadav of Gorakhpur in UP who won the silver medal will be a second generation officer. Vivek’s father Colonel Rajendra Yadav is also serving in the Indian army and he is currently posted at Leh.
It was a proud moment for Thakur Mohan Singh who is with the Central Reserve Police Force in Srinagar when his son Surya Prakash won the bronze medal. Surya will be the first commissioned officer from his family. “I want to serve the county and there is no better option than joining the army to fulfill my dream.”