Nagpur: 169 Recruits of the 102 Recruit Course attained the status of a combat soldiers at an impressive and solemn passing out parade at The Brigade of The Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee on 14 Nov 2015.
A colourful Ceremonial Parade was presented by these proud young Guardsmen, who are the newest additions to the armed forces fraternity. These motivated and spirited young guardsmen have earned their status after a challenging and strenuous training of thirty four weeks. Keeping with the age old traditions, they were administered the oath of allegiance and devotion to duty by the Adjutant.
As they crossed the symbolic “Last Step” or “Antim Pag” in slow march to the famous Auld Lang Syne tune of the military band, these recruits formally attained the status of combat soldiers, ready for frontline duties.
Medals were presented to outstanding Guardsmen in various disciplines of training. The coveted Overall Best Recruit Trophy was awarded to Recruit Neeraj Kumar of Tipu Training Company.
It was indeed a proud moment for the kith and kin of these recruits who had come from far flung areas to witness the eventful ceremony in which their wards participated.
Brigade of The Guards was raised in 1949 by Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE by amalgamating the finest traditions of Guards Regiments all over the world. Post Independence, this was the first Regiment to be raised on an `All India All Class composition’. The Regiment was formed by selecting the four oldest battalions of the Indian Army. The Regimental Centre was initially raised at Delhi in 1950, moved to Kota in 1956 and further moved to its present location in Kamptee in 1976. The motto of The Guards is “Pahla Hamesha Pahla”.
The Regimental Centre is equipped with state of the art training infrastructure and aids to ensure that the best quality training is imparted to the recruits by the selected instructors of the Regiment. The Regimental Centre grooms, nurtures and transforms young men into disciplined and well trained soldiers prepared to face today’s environmental challenges.
The Regiment has been bestowed with 10 Battle Honours (Post Independence) and has a long list of gallantry awards which include two Param Vir Chakra (PVC), Two Ashok Chakra (AC), Six Mahavir Chakra (MVC), Four Kirti Chakra (KC), 40 Vir Chakra (VrC), 33 Saurya Chakra (SC) and 154 Sena Medal (SM), which is a testimony to the valour and sacrifice of the Guardsmen.
Lt Gen Ashok Singh, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command and “The Colonel” of the Brigade of The Guards reviewed the parade. The General Officer was commissioned into the Brigade of The Guards in Dec 1974. Ever since he took over as The Colonel, he has over seen the growth and professional enrichment of the Regiment.