The Passing Out Parade of the Officers Training Academy, a unique biannual event, was held at Chennai on September 8, 2018. A total of 252 Officer Cadets to include 198 Gentleman Cadets, 38 Lady Cadets were commissioned as Officers of the Indian Army following the completion of vigorous training at the Academy. Further, 4 Gentleman Cadets and 2 Lady Cadets from Bhutan, 8 Gentleman Cadets from Afghanistan and 2 Gentleman Cadets from Fiji also were commissioned into their respective Armies.
Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command reviewed the spectacular parade which was commanded by Academy Under Officer (AUO) Utkarsh Singh.
The Officer Cadets marched out with precision from Parameshwaran Drill Square to the tune of 'Auld Lang Syne', taking the 'Final Step,' thus symbolising the end of their training. The 'Final Step', in fact, is the 'First Step' towards an exciting and demanding career as the custodians of the Nation's integrity and honour. The proud parents of the Officer Cadets, dignitaries, relatives of our fallen war heroes, and members of the diplomatic fraternity witnessed the mesmerising parade.
Addressing the Parade, the Reviewing Officer congratulated staff of OTA for having toiled hard to turn out such a smart and dynamic group of young Military Leaders.
During the Parade, the Reviewing Officer presented various awards. The most coveted "Sword of Honour" was presented to Battalion Under Officer Siddharth Singh and the "Gold Medal" was presented to Battalion Under Officer Raveena Punia. The Silver Medal for standing Second in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to SUO Sona Dechamma MP and the Bronze Medal for standing third in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to Academy Under Officer Utkarsh Singh. The COAS Banner for Champion Company was awarded to Naushera Company.
Later in a solemn yet emotionally charged 'Pipping Ceremony' the Officer Cadets were pipped (putting on of rank badges on uniform) by their parents. The event was followed by the Oath Taking Ceremony. The audience gathered at the Pipping Lawn under the "TRICOLOUR" fluttering proudly atop a 100 feet mast and listened spellbound as the Cadets took the oath in the name of Constitution of India. The Passing Out Cadets stated under oath that "I will as in duty bound honestly and faithfully serve in the regular Army of the Union of India and go wherever ordered by Land, Sea or Air and that I will observe and obey all commands of President of the Union of India and the command of any Officer set over me even to the peril of my life". The newly Commissioned Officers are now all set to join their new assignments in Battalions and Regiments across the country.