Newly raised soldiers of the Indian Army’s Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment (JKLIR) salute during their commencement parade at a military base on the outskirts of Srinagar, Friday, March 27, 2015. 183 recruits from Jammu and Kashmir state were formally inducted into JKLIR after completing their training.
In a Glittering ceremony with an Impressive march past, 183 youth from the State of J&K were inducted into the Indian Army today here at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre in Srinagar. With crisp movements and singing their Regimental Song, the young soldiers took the oath to devote their lives to protect their motherland from all odds. A vibrant National Spirit was visible among the trainees who passed out after rigorous training.
These Young Soldiers called themselves singularly privileged to join this illustrious regiment which is the only one in the entire Indian Army to have been raised by the brave & patriotic sons of this glorious state, who rose voluntarily in the face of the marauding Pakistani raiders in 1947-48 and were instrumental in defeating their designs.
Brig Pankaj Sinha, Commandant JAK LI Regimental Centre reviewed the Passing out Parade and Attestation Ceremony. With his vast experience and foresight, he addressed the young soldiers and guided them as they begin their journey in the Indian Army. He also congratulated the parents of the soldiers of having dedicated their sons towards protecting their motherland and choosing the noble profession of soldiering. To support the youth to carve a niche for themselves, Army is continuing to provide opportunity to youth for employment in armed forces and even organizing pre-recruitment training at numerous places across Valley. Large number of youth have benefitted from these efforts.
The occasion was used to felicitate Naib Subedar Nadeem Iqbal, who has made the country, Indian Army & JAK LI proud by being the only Olympian from J&K. Nadeem Iqbal represented India in the Winter Olympics 2014 held at Sochi in Russia. Apart from him, the Regiment has also produced other sportsmen of International acclaim like Naib Subedar Chain Singh who won Bronze medal at the Asian Games 2014 in Korea & Haveldar Rafiq Ahmed Malik, who is the first Everester from the State. These soldiers continue to serve as an inspiration to more and more talented youth to join the armed forces and contribute in bringing glory to the Nation, State and the Indian Army.
Parents feel proud for their sons joining Armed Forces. Large number of youth expressed that their parents have been very supportive of their desires to join Army. In the end, the proud parents pipped the young soldiers, thereby, dedicating them in the service of the nation.
Army is witnessing huge response from the local unemployed youth here as we witnessed two passing out parades during past one month.