It was a proud moment for recruits’ parents and instructors of 219 Recruits of the 109th Course as they attained the status of ‘combat soldier’ at an impressive and solemn passing out parade at The Brigade of The Guards Regimental Centre in Kamptee on Saturday. A vibrant and immaculate Ceremonial Parade was presented by these proud young ‘Guardsmen’, who now set forth to serve the nation, ready and well trained for frontline duties. Pride was writ large on their faces as they crossed the symbolic ‘Antim Pagh’ in slow march to the lilting Auld Lang Syne tune of the military band.
Medals were presented to outstanding Guardsmen in various disciplines of training. The coveted Overall Best Recruit Trophy was awarded to Recruit Vishal Kushwaha of Pratap Training Company. Brigadier D V Singh, Commandant, Guards Regimental Centre reviewed the parade.
Wing Commander Samir Gangakhedkar PRO (Def) Nagpur intimated that 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.