Promising alround improvement in the training facilities for Gaya Officers Training Academy (OTA) of the Indian Army, Lt Gen Anil Chait, general officer commanding of the Central Command, said the Gaya Academy will be equipped with the latest Training facilities to make it acquire a pride of place and produce highly motivated and skilled army officers.
Lt Gen Chait was addressing the ‘gentlemen cadets’ and special commissioned officers at the second passing out parade of the academy in the academy drill square on Saturday morning.
He said Rs 1,200 crore development plan was in place for the infrastructural development programme and allied items for the Gaya OTA.
The Gaya OTA, it may be recalled, was established in July, 2011, to cater to the ever-growing requirements of the army and meet the shortage of officers.
The OTA imparts basic military training to Plus II passouts under the technical entry scheme (TES) and trains non-commissioned army personnel to induct them as special commissioned officers.
Lt Gen Chait hoped that the passouts of the Gaya OTA would turn out to be excellent military officers and very good citizens. He exhorted the OTA passouts to imbibe and honour the best traditions of the Indian army. A group of 38 special commissioned officers (SCOs) were inducted in the army after completing the one-year training and allotted to different units.
Besides the SCOs, 136 cadets under the technical entry scheme completed basic military training at Gaya OTA and the cadets will now be joining military institutions for technical training for a period of three years for being commissioned as officers.
The special commissioned officers were administered oath affirming their commitment to serve the army anywhere on land, water and air and unquestionably obey the command of officers senior to them and be ready to make the supreme sacrifice at the altar of the nation. An all-religion prayer preceded the oath-taking ceremony.
Earlier, on Friday evening, the trainees presented a scintillating multi-activity display including martial arts and the best of Indian cultural mosaic including ‘bhangra’ and ‘dandiya’. Flypast by three micro-light aircraft, horse show, body building, gymnastics, section battle and band display formed part of the multi-activity display.
The cadets showed unbelievable command over the horses including jumping techniques and obedience level of the horses.
Physical training and gymnastics showcased power, agility and skills of the passouts.
Group commander Ashok Kumar and group commander Ankit Dagar were presented gold medals for topping the merit list in the TES and SCO categories respectively.