Attestation parade was held today at 8:30 AM at Talekar Drill Square for the recruits of the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre. A total of 168 recruits of Group 4/18 were attested after successful completion of their training and would soon be reporting for duty at different parts of the country in the service of the nation. The parade was commanded by Rect Ashok Vandadi while the Parade Adjutant was Capt Abhinav Rai.
The parade was reviewed by Brigadier Govind Kalwad, Yudh Seva Medal, Commandant, The MARATHA Light Infantry Regimental Centre. The Young Soldiers took oath in the presence of the Tricolour and Regimental Colour to serve and protect the motherland even at the cost of their lives. The pride with which the soldiers took oath made the ceremony even more impressive.
The Commandant in his address to the newly attested soldiers reminded them of the rich heritage and the glory of the Maratha Light Infantry, being one of the oldest infantry regiments of our army. He also stressed upon the importance of discipline and physical fitness in a soldier’s life. He exuded confidence in the training conducted at the Regimental Centre which he expressed would stand the young soldiers in good stead before wishing them the very best in their future assignments.
The Reviewing officer awarded meritorious recruits for excelling in different spheres of training during the parade. Col RD Nikam Trophy instituted for the Best performance by a Recruit of the attestation group in all spheres of training and cocurriculuar activities was awarded to Rect Patil Rushabh Sanjay & Namdev Jadhav Medal and Trophy was awarded to Rect Jhaneshwara Karali for being best in Firing. Sucha Singh Memorial Cup for being the best recruit displaying physical prowess and endurance in Outdoor Activities was awarded to Rect Bhosale Akshay. Rect Somase Dipak was awarded Colonel NJ Nair Medal for his outstanding performance in Field Craft i.e. being adept at best use of ground and weapons. Major SS Brar Medal instituted for the Recruit being best in physical training was awarded to Rect Patil Rushabh Sanjay. Rect Ashok Vandadi was awarded Subedar Honorary Captain Keshav Rao Talekar Medal & Trophy for best performance in Drill.
For the first time during attestation parade while paying obeisance to the gallant martyrs of The Maratha Light Infantry Regiment Brigadier Govind Kalwad, Yudh Seva Medal, Commandant, The MARATHA Light Infantry Regimental Centre felicitated 03 Veer Naris Smt Nisha wife of Late Naik Ghadge Deepak Jagannath, Smt Shobha wife of Late Naik Jadhav Sandeep Sarjerao, Sena Medal and Smt Shobha mother of Sepoy Mane Savan Balku, Sena Medal with Badge of Sacrifice and Certificate of Honour.
A host of Army officers including Junior Commissioned Officers, Other Rank and families of the newly attested soldiers were present to witness the parade. The parents of the young soldiers proudly displayed ‘Gaurav Padak’ which they wore at the ceremony. The ceremony also included the wreath laying at the War Memorial to honour the martyrs and culminated with tea for the newly attested soldiers and the audience.