The Reviewing Officer arrived at the venue in a majestic Black Victorian Horse Carriage escorted by smartly dressed mounted horse riders. He was received at the venue by Lieutinant General Rakesh Kumar Sharma Sena Medal Commandant Officers Training Academy Gaya. The Reviewing Officer was accorded a salute by the parade followed by an impressive March Past.
The Chief of the Air Staff also gave away various awards to the Gentleman Cadets who had excelled in training. The Gold Medal for standing first in the Order of Merit among the SCO and TES entries were awarded to Academy Under Officer Dhiraj Singh Bisht and Battalion Under Officer Gopal Kumar respectively while the Silver Medal for those Second in the Order of Merit, were given to Battalion Cadet Adjutant Mahender Pal and Academy Cadet Adjutant Himmat Singh Kahlon of the two courses respectively. Bronze medal for standing third in Order of Merit among TES course was awarded to Battalion Cadet Quarter Master Sahil S patil. Guerz Company was awarded the Chief Of Army Staff Banner for the overall champions of Autumn Term 2014.
Later, addressing the parade, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha congratulated the Gentlemen Cadets for excellent standard of turnout and drill. He urged the future officers to make their nation and their alma mater proud by rendering selfless and honourable service. He also stressed on the virtues of military ethos and soldierly qualities which they should imbibe.
The parade culminated with the Passing Out Course stepping on the shimmering stone of the ‘Antim Pag’ ( the ‘Final Step’) who were then administered the oath by the Adjutant of the Academy in presence of the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. The badges of officers’ rank were then placed on the shoulders of the newly commissioned officers by their parents and close relatives.
It was a lifetime experience for the parents of the newly commissioned officers. All of them were overwhelmed with emotional feelings and said that they were very proud of their sons. Congratulating the parents, the Reviewing officer said that they were among a few lucky parents whose sons got the opportunity to serve in the Army as it is one of the noblest professions.
It will be recalled that Government had given a nod to raising one more Pre-Commission Training Academy in the year 2010, primarily to plug the officers shortage in the Army. Consequently, OTA, Gaya was raised on 18 July 2011 with the motto of ‘Shaurya, Gyan, Sankalp’ (Courage, Wisdom, Resolve). Presently, the Academy conducts training for the Technical Entry Scheme and Special Commission Officer entries, popularly known as the TES and SCO respectively. The Cadets belonging to the former category join the Academy after completing the 10+2 schooling the latter are selected from the rank and files of the armed forces. The TES entry undergo one year of Basic Military Training before proceeding to various Military Technical Institutions for engineering studies. They get commissioned on completion of their technical training. The SCO Cadets are given pre-commission training before getting commissioned into various regiments of the Army and Assam Rifles.