Nagpur: 161 Recruits of the 97 Recruit Course of The Brigade of The Guards attained status of a combat soldier at an impressive and solemn passing out parade held at Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee on 19 Dec 2014. Lieutenant General Ashok Singh PVSM AVSM SM VSM ADC, GOC-in-C, Southern Command reviewed the parade and shared his thoughts on soldiering with dignity with the strapping young men who had just donned the coveted rank of `Guardsman’.
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 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” in slow march to the famous auld layne sang tune of the band, these recruits formally attained the status of Combat Soldiers ready for frontline duties.
Brigade of The Guards was conceived on the lines of the British Cold Stream Guards by late Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE. 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 the yr 1976. The motto of the Guards is “To excel in matters of drill, discipline and turnout in peace and to take it proper place in war and acquit itself in an exemplary manner”.
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 151 Sena Medal (SM), which is a testimony to the valour and sacrifice of the Guardsmen.
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.