The Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun held the Passing out Parade (PoP) for the 146 Regular Course and 129 Technical Graduate Course today (13 June 2020). This was the year’s first passing out parade which saw 333 Indian and 90 Gentlemen Cadets from nine foreign countries become army officers.
The Chief of Indian Army General Manoj Mukund Naravane reviewed the IMA Passing Out Parade held on June 13, 2020, and saw 333 Indian and 90 Gentlemen Cadets from nine foreign countries becoming army officers. Indian Army showed impressive visuals of the cadets lined up to graduate, ready to shoulder the nation’s responsibility.
Notably, it was the first time that the parents and relatives of the gentlemen cadets were not in attendance at the event due to the COVID-19 outbreak. IMA had said that all precautionary measures for COVID-19 are being taken for the June 13 event and, for the first time, parents and relatives of the cadets are not allowed to witness the event.
In the backdrop of the COVID-19 situation, parents and relatives of cadets had been advised to watch the live coverage of all POP events on media to feel part of the celebration and the pride associated with it.
The parents or relatives of cadets usually pip-in the ranks on the shoulders of cadets after the passing out parade. This year, the ranks are put on by instructors or families residing within the academy premises.
This was one of the major reasons why the Indian Army decided to broadcast the parade live on social media.
The IMA said that all precautions for COVID-19 have been taken in full measure. This was one of the reasons for the live broadcast of the parade on the Indian Army’s Youtube channel – ADGPI Indian Army since 6 am
The IMA organizes a passing out parade for its cadets every six months who then go on to join different arms and services of the Indian Army. The foreign cadets go onto join the armies in their respective countries.
The passing out parade symbolizes the transformation of a gentleman cadet into a young officer.