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Lansdowne: 367 Garhwal Rifles recruits join Indian Army

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Indian Army soldiers of Garhwal Rifles regiment during a parade.

Garhwal Rifles, a prolific army regiment,  formally recruited  367 young men into the Indian Army on Sunday. The Passing Out Parade (POP) ceremony took place in which the newly introduced men-at-arms took oath.  It was a proud moment for the parents and relatives, who came from far off places to attend the ceremony. The crowd welcomed the soldiers with applause when they entered the parade ground.

Garhwal Rifles’ Training Battalion Commander Col. Shantanu Rai, in his ceremonial speech, appreciated the hardwork and resilience recruits showed during their training period. He also added that it is duty of the every soldier to serve the nation with all his might and carry forward the legacy of the martyrs who laid their lives serving the motherland.

Medals awarded to best recruits

Col. Shantanu Rai also bestowed awards and medals to the best cadets in different categories during the 34-week training period. Yogendra Singh, Sanjay Singh and Mandeep Singh won gold, silver and bronze medals respectively. Medal for Best Drill was conferred to Roshan Singh while Praveen clinched medal for Best Firing. Certificates of appreciation was also bestowed to Sunil Chauhan and Ranveer Singh for their excellent training regime for the recruits.

Garhwal Rifles regiment – Indian Army’s finest

Originally raised in 1887, Garhwal Rifles is one of the oldest and most decorated regiment of the Indian Army.  It served in both the World Wars and later the wars fought after Independence.  Consisting of more than 25,000 soldiers organized into 19 regular battalions, the regiment has 3 Victoria Cross, 1 Ashoka Chakra and 4 Mahavir Chakras along with numerous other accolades.