President reviews Passing Out Parade at OTA Chennai
President reviews Passing Out Parade at OTA Chennai

The Passing Out Parade of the Officers Training Academy (OTA) was held in Chennai on September 10. A total of 269 Officer Cadets including include 218 Gentleman Cadets, 32 Lady Cadets, 19 Gentleman Cadets and one Lady Cadet from friendly foreign countries, were commissioned as officers following the completion of vigorous training at the Academy.

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee, reviewed the spectacular parade which was commanded by Academy Under Officer Varun Singh Chauhan. It is only the third time in the 53-year-old history of OTA, that the President is reviewing the Parade.

The Officer Cadets marched out with precision from Parameshwaran Drill Square to the tune of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, taking the ‘Final Step,’ thus symbolising the end of their training, which in fact is the ‘First Step’ towards a demanding and stimulating career as the custodians of the nation’s integrity and honour. The proud parents of the Officer Cadets, dignitaries and members of the diplomatic fraternity witnessed the mesmerising parade.

Addressing the Parade, the Reviewing Officer congratulated Commandant Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews and his faculty for having toiled hard to turn out a smart and capable set of young military leaders. The president urged the young officers to dedicate themselves in selfless service to the nation.


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