The Indian Military Academy held a passing out parade of the 425 cadets at Chetwod Building Drill Square, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command of the Army. Lieutenant General RP Singh, Western Army Commander, took the salute of the parade as reviewing officer.
Like last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this time also the parents of the cadets are not joining the passing out parade.
The peeping and Oath Ceremony to be held after the parade. 425 Cadets of the passing out batch will become an integral part of the Indian and Foreign Army as lieutenants, in which 341 young military officers will go to the Indian Army, while 84 young military officers will become an integral part of the forces of nine friendly countries Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Bhutan, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tonga, Maldives and Kyrgyzstan.
After today’s parade, the Indian Military Academy will be giving 63381 military officers to the army of the country and abroad, including 2656 military officers received by friendly countries.
The Reviewing Officer presented the following awards:-
- The coveted Sword of Honour was awarded to Battalion Under Officer Mukesh Kumar.
- Gold Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit was awarded to Academy Under Officer Deepak Singh.
- Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Second in the Order of Merit was awarded to Battalion Under Officer Mukesh Kumar.
- Bronze Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing Third in the Order of Merit was awarded to Academy Cadet Adjutant Loveneet Singh.
- Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Technical Graduate Course was awarded to Junior Under Officer Daksh Kumar Pant.
- Silver Medal for the Gentleman Cadet standing First in the Order of Merit from Foreign GCs was presented to Junior Under Officer Kinley Norbu.
- Chief of Army Staff Banner for standing Overall First amongst 16 Companies for the Spring Term 2021was awarded to Dograi Coy.
While being conducted in a scaled down format on account of prevailing COVID conditions, the Passing Out Parade retained its ceremonial grandeur. The Parade was earlier preceded by a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Academy War Memorial in which the Academy remembered its 889 Bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice in service of the Nation through the years. All trainees committed themselves to follow the same path of bravery and selfless courage.