The next batch of cadets, after completing their training successfully at the officer’s training academy (OTA), Chennai, marched with pride at the passing out ceremony. Among the 151 male cadets and 35 female cadets who graduated was Rigzin Chorol, who would be the first woman officer from the Ladakh region in the Indian Army. Her spouse, a rifleman in the Zedang Sumpa battalion of Ladakh, was killed while on duty.
“My husband was in Ladakh Scouts and wanted to be an Army officer. I wanted to join the Army after the tragedy because he wanted me to join the army. This is like realising his dream. I missed 11 months of my son’s childhood. But I am sure that my husband will be proud,” an emotional Chorol spoke to the media while proudly holding her child. A graduate in economics, she desired to serve in the military to provide a proud environment for her child. Senior officials from the Army's Northern Command met with her and encouraged her when they came to know of her desire to join the army. It was a moment of great pride for her and her family to see her in uniform.
Harveen Kaur Kahlon, a teacher at a private school in Jalandhar whose husband, Captain Kanwalpal Singh Kahlon, was killed in the line of duty in 2019, decided to pursue her husband's dream. Major KPS Kahlon was a regimental artillery officer for the 129 SATA.
"My husband supported my desire to join the military. I wished to make his dream come true." She has been commissioned as an officer in the Indian Army following 11 months of rigorous training.
Anhadbir Singh, son of Harleen Kahlon, arrived at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai to witness his mother's commissioning into the Indian Army.
Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, had a total of 186 cadets passed out this year which included 36 overseas cadets (28 women cadets and eight gentlemen cadets). The passing out parade was inspected by Lt. Gen. Batoo Tshering, Chief Operation Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army.
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