272 officers commissioned into Indian Army
Chennai: A total of 272 men and women were on Saturday commissioned into the Indian Army as short service officers in a glittering ceremony at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) here.
Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh reviewed the ceremonial passing out parade, which marks the completion of their training at the academy.
The parade saw 215 officers, including 57 women officers, besides one from Lesotho (Africa) complete their training.
Gen Singh handed over the prestigious Sword of Honour to Academy Under Officer Chandra Mauli and the Gold Medal to Battalion Under Officer Seema Nayal.
Basantar Company won the 'Chief of Army Staff Banner.'
Lt Gen Surendra Nath, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Army Training Command, OTA Commandant Maj Gen SS Jog were present during the function.
The 650-acre Officers Training Academy here trains cadets as officers, acquainting them with physical training, drill endurance training, weapon training, academics, radio communication supplemented by military history, communication skills and military etiquette.
OTA is also the only academy in the country that trains women for the Indian Army.