THE chilly winter morning of Tuesday witnessed an impressive passing-out parade of the 131st course of the National Defence Academy at Khetrapal Parade Ground, overseeing the picturesque Sinhagad Valley. A total of 283 cadets, including 13 foreign cadets, passed out from the academy.
Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre reviewed the parade, that was attended by several serving and retired officers from the armed forces and the family members of the cadets.
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Of the 283 cadets, 179 were from the Army, 35 from the Navy and 56 from the Air Force. The cadets will now join their pre-commissioning training academies before joining their respective forces. The 13 foreign cadets were from friendly countries, including Bhutan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Kazakhstan .
Bhamre was accompanied by NDA commandant Air Marshal Jasjit Singh Kler and deputy commandant Rear Admiral SK Grewal. Lt Gen PM Hariz, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Command, also received a general salute from the passing out cadets.
Addressing the POP, Bhamre complemented the passing out cadets for their good turnout and exceptional drill movements, while adding, “I wish to express my gratitude to the parents of these cadets for sending their wards to the academy. The nation is proud of you. I want to congratulate the commandant and his entire team for the dedicated efforts towards the training.”
Academy Cadet Captain Chandrakant Acharya won the president’s gold medal for standing first in the overall order of merit. Academy Cadet Adjutant Hemant Poonia bagged the the silver medal for standing second and Squadron Cadet Captain Amarpreet Singh Dhatt won bronze. The November (N) Squadron bagged the prestigious ‘Chief of Staff Banner’, ceremonially presented to the squadron during the parade.