Jammu, March 5: The day belonged to the young soldiers who basked in the glory of the realisation that their hard work has paid off and that they are now an integral part of the Indian Army.
156 Infantry Battalion Territorial Army (Home and Hearth) PUNJAB under the Romeo Force conducted an Attestation Parade of young soldiers who had been recruited to the Territorial Army (Home & Hearth), on Saturday.
In 156 Infantry Battalion TA (Home and Hearth) these young soldiers belong to 83 villages of Rajouri, Poonch, Reasi and Jammu Districts thereby maximising the footprints of the Army to the remotest of places in the region. Most of the soldiers come from very humble backgrounds. However, one of the soldiers is a post graduate and three soldiers are graduate while the rest are undergraduates.
General Officer Commanding, Romeo Force was the chief guest on the occasion. He reviewed the Attestation Parade held at Palma, Rajouri on 01 March 2017 and called upon the newly recruited soldiers to remain steadfast in their commitment to protecting the nation and its borders in the Poonch and Rajouri districts. In his ceremonial address to the newly attested soldiers, the General Officer reminded them of the rich heritage and the glory of the Indian Army.
He stressed upon the importance of discipline and physical fitness in a soldier's life and exuded confidence that the training at Punjab Regimental Centre would stand the young soldiers in good stead in all their future assignments. He congratulated the proud parents, village elders and religious leaders who attended the function.
During informal interaction over a cup of tea, the parents and village Sarpanches mentioned that the local youths are keen on joining the Armed Forces and that service with the Home & Hearth Battalion is fast becoming a preferred career option amongst the local boys.
In October 2015, out of 14000 young aspirants, the best 101 candidates were selected in the recruitment rally conducted at Surankote. Raised on the concept of “Sons of Soil”, the Territorial Army (Home and Hearth) units form an interface between the Army and the locals since they provide an opportunity for employment in the security forces to the local youth. The concept is quite popular and the local youth are highly motivated to join the Territorial Army (Home & Hearth) units to serve their homeland.
The recruits were sent to Punjab Regimental Centre, Ramgarh (Jharkhand) in May 2016 to undergo eight months of rigorous training. The recruits were formally attested as soldiers, in a brief but impressive ceremony, where the young soldiers gave a glimpse of their potential and talent.