172 cadets commissioned as Lieutenant in Indian Army
Passing out parade of 142 gentleman and 30 lady cadets of SSC-17 and SSC(w)-21 course was held at Officers training Academy Chennai. Cadets of friendly nations like Bhutan and Afghanistan also passed out from the academy. Cadets passed out from the academy with flying colours after a gruesome training period of 49 weeks.
Lieutenant General ranbir Singh, Commander-in-chief, Northern Command reviewed the parade and encouraged the cadets to adhere to core values of Indian Army.
Sword of Honour and silver medal was awarded to academy under officer Siddharth Bhawnani. He complemented the cadets and staff of the OTA on the excellent standard displayed by all.
He presented the gold medal to Cadet Sandhya and a bronze medal to battalion under officer Noyonika Binda.
Amongst the passing out cadets were Bhagyashree Patil and Sangita Mall, who cleared the SSB exam to undergo officer's training after their husbands who were serving in the Army made the supreme sacrifice for the nation. Speaking about her decision to enroll and her experience at the academy, Sangita said, "My father and father in law were in Army and my late husband Rifleman Shishir Mall too served the country. It's important to remain strong in the face of adversity".
Speaking about her journey, Bhagyashree Patil said, "After he left us, it was difficult to join the fraternity even though the Army supported me. Being an officer's wife and being an officer is world's apart. My fellow cadets here are almost 10 years younger to me, but thanks to their help and motivation I feel very proud today. Now I feel the life that my husband lived while serving in the army".
The Officers Training Academy in Chennai has commissioned over 24,000 gentlemen and 2,300 lady cadets. The academy has been training lady cadets since 1992.