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382 officers joined the Indian Army on Saturday as they passed out of the portals of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. This time, a total of 459 gentlemen cadets were part of the parade, including 77 foreign cadets from friendly nations.
#WATCH Uttarakhand: Cadets at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun celebrate after their passing out parade. 382 officers are joining the Indian Army today. 459 officers took part in the parade, including 77 foreign cadets from friendly nations. pic.twitter.com/0nkI1ypTun
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Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command, took the salute as the reviewing officer of the parade.
The prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’, which is awarded to the trainee who comes first in terms of order of merit during the training, was received by the young officer Ashat Raj.
The Gold Medal was awarded to Surendra Singh Bisht among the Indians. In regards to the foreign cadets, Shirzad Sarbaaz of Afghanistan won the gold medal.
Cadet Manoj Dogra was awarded the parachute regiment medal for being the best cadet in physical toughness and endurance.
Sir Alwyn Ezra Trophy, given for coming first in weapons training, was awarded to the Dogra company. However, the Keren company stood first and bagged the inter-company physical training cup.
The maximum Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) were from Uttar Pradesh (72), followed by Bihar (46) and Haryana (40). Uttar Pradesh had topped the state-wise cadet division last year too , when 53 cadets came from UP.
Punjab and Uttarakhand have 33 cadets each. Maharashtra with 28 cadets, Rajasthan (22) and Himachal Pradesh (21) are the other major contributors followed by Delhi with 12 and Madhya Pradesh 11.
Karnataka (8) Jammu and Kashmir (5), West Bengal (5), Orissa (5), Telangana (4), Andhra Pradesh (4), Jharkhand (4), Gujarat (4), Chhattisgarh (3), Kerala (3), Tamil Nadu (2), Assam (2), Manipur (2), Goa (1) and Nagaland (1) are the other states from where the cadets came. Nepal had seven Gentlemen Cadets.
The nine friendly countries whose cadets passed out include Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Fiji, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Lesotho and Tajikistan.