No less than 305 cadets from the 141st National Defense Academy (NDA) Course, including 19 cadets from friendly foreign countries, passed out from the Academy’s gates on Friday following an immaculate fainting parade at the middle of the interpretation by the military band of Auld Lang Syne.
The parade was reviewed by the Chief of the Army, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, who, along with the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh and the former Chief of Staff of the ‘Air, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria (retired), are all teammates of the 56th course of the Academy.
Over 1,000 cadets were in line for the fainting parade. Of these, 305 cadets were from the fainting course and others from the junior course. The 305 unconscious cadets included 220 Army cadets, 41 Sea cadets and 44 Air force cadets, as well as 19 cadets from friendly foreign countries. The deceased foreign cadets came from Bhutan, Tajikistan, Maldives, Vietnam, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Turkmenistan, Sudan and Uzbekistan.
Cadets will take an eight week break and after that they will join their respective pre-commissioning training academies. Junior course cadets will report to the DNA on December 27th.
Academy Cadet Captain Vamshi Krishna won the President’s Gold Medal for placing first in the overall order of merit. Battalion Cadet Captain Siripurapu Likhit won the President’s Silver Medal for placing second in the General Order of Merit and Battalion Cadet Captain Harshvardhan Singh received the President’s Bronze Medal for his be ranked third in the overall order of merit.
Oscar Squadron received the prestigious “Chiefs of Staff Banner” for being the champion squadron.