In a first, the Indian Army organised a live show of Army operations and combat skills at the Parbat Ali Brigade for young students in Gandhinagar on Saturday.
Around 60 to 80 students of four schools in Gandhinagar were introduced to the Indian Army as a career option and showed a journey of the Parbat Ali Brigade that was one of the key brigades that proved its mettle in the 1971 war.
The students were educated on the brigade’s operations, unique distinction of advancing inside the enemy territory in Barmer sector and capturing an important town of Parbat Ali.
The Army jawans carried out a terror combat mock operation at the brigade and showed how a combat operation is carried out in terror and hostage situations.
The live operation was shown on screen next to the terror target room while the jawans carried out operations on the adjacent premises.
It was followed by live operations of the Army where various skills of the jawans — from slithering to short-range firing and hideout operations and taking over of enemy territory — were shown to the students by the Gorkha Rifles Infantry.
Brigadier Anil Beniwal, Commander Gandhinagar Garrison, said, “The students and youth of the state need to know more about the Armed Forces and therefore they need to be exposed more to their operations. They saw the live operations of firing and combat which jawans carry out along the border. This will help them know what the Army is. Fewer youth from Gujarat show interest in joining the Armed Forces and this is just one of the stepping stones to inspire them.”
Several students, including girls, participated, impromptu, in the personnel operations and expressed their interest in joining the Army.
The students spoke to the gallantry award winners to know more about the operations in the Kargil war.
Defence PRO, Wing Commander Abhishek Matiman, said, “This is one of the initiatives planned by the Southern Command of the Army for inspiring youth to join the defence forces. The state chief minister Anandiben Patel had urged the force to organise drives for the youth and they decided to show live operations to them to give them an exact picture of the importance of the Armed Forces in the country’s security”.