A total of 2029 male recruits passed out from the Assam Rifles Training Centre and School (ARTC&S), Shokhuvi here on Friday. The passing-out parade ceremony, reviewed by Director General of Assam Rifles (DGAR), Lt Gen PC Nair, marked the culmination of 44 weeks of rigorous training. Speaking at the ceremony, DGAR Lt Gen PC Nair said it was a matter of “great pride” for him as the DGAR to oversee the swearing-in ceremony. He reminded the recruits that following their oathtaking, they would become full-fledged soldiers and start new life.
Lauding the ARTC&S for its hard work and dedication, the DGAR stated “It is only by seeing the good star of your parade that it is known that the main rise of ISS Training Centre and School is to make hardworking, disciplined and forceful or capable soldiers by providing high quality training”.
Highlighting the history of the Assam Rifles, which was raised in 1835, the DGAR said that Assam Rifles was initially engaged in the task of internal security. He added that the Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force of the country, thereafter, came to be known as “protector of the North East” for continuous protection of North-Eastern states.
Encouraging the recruits, DGAR said their family had high hopes on them and therefore they should take special care of their progress in future and fulfil duty towards their family. “It is the duty of the emblematic soldier that he should take care and honour his battalion or his force”, adding that in the future, their conduct should not be such that the name of the force or the unit should be affected.
It may be mentioned that a total of 39 recruits from Nagaland were amongst those who took the oath today. The newly passed out rifleman will now join their respective Units in all frontline duties.