FOR the first time, Territorial Army has pipped all regular contingents of the armed forces at the Republic Day parade to bag the top award of best marching contingent. The 103 Territorial Army (TA) battalion that participated in this year’s parade was Tuesday adjudged as the best among the armed forces.
While the TA has been participating at the Republic Day parade since the beginning, the award for the best marching contingent has always been won by regular units of the Army, the Air Force and the Navy in the past.
The Ludhiana-based 103 (Sikh LI) contingent was selected after it won an internal competition within the 66 units of the TA.
“This is a big achievement as far as the TA is concerned. We are a part of the Indian Army and this is the first time that we have come first in the parade. It is encouraging news and will give us even more push to perform better,” Maj Gen A K Siwach, Additional Director General, TA, told The Indian Express.