Nagpur: 170 Recruits of the 104 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 06 Feb 2016.
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 Push Raj of Cariappa 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.
Lieutenant General RP Sahi, AVSM, Chief of Staff, Central Command reviewed the parade. The General Officer is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, and was commissioned into the 6th Battalion, Brigade of The Guards on 17 Dec 1977. The General Officer has had varied Combat, Staff and Command experiences. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and is also qualified on Higher Command Course and attended the National Defence Course in Bangladesh. His academic qualifications include a Masters in Science in Defence Studies from University of Madras and Masters in Philosophy in Defence and Management Studies from Devi Ahilya Bai Vishwa Vidyalaya, Indore.
During his illustrious career, the General Officer has tenanted several prestigious command and staff appointments. He has the distinction of serving in all types of terrain from plains and High Altitude in the North, to the obstacle ridden and deserts in the West and the Jungles in the East in varied operational roles including conventional and sub conventional.
He has commanded 18th Battalion of The Brigade of The Guards, an Independent Mechanised Brigade and an Armoured Division.