Women cadets welcomed into NDA with same sense of fairness and professionalism: Army Chief

Women cadets welcomed into NDA with same sense of fairness and professionalism

General M M Naravane, the Chief of Army Staff, said on Friday that as the National Defence Academy (NDA) welcomes women cadets, they should be treated with the same respect and professionalism. HeĀ  was speaking to the cadets after reviewing the NDA’s 141st course’s passing out parade.

“As we open the portals of the NDA for women cadets, we expect you to welcome them with the same sense of fair play and professionalism as Indian armed forces are known world over,” General Naravane said.

The Defense Ministry told the Supreme Court last month that a notification allowing women to take the NDA entrance exam would be released by May of next year. However, because the induction of women into the NDA cannot be delayed by a year, the apex court allowed female candidates to take the exam in November this year rather than waiting until May 2022, as the government had requested.

The army chief also urged the cadets to keep up with new technology in order to meet today’s challenges in his speech. He expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to review the parade.

“A little over 42 years ago, when I stood as a cadet at the same drill square as you do today, I never dreamed I’d be reviewing this parade,” he said.

“From here, you’ll be assigned to one of the career service academies for more intensive military training. You’ll wear various uniforms, but keep in mind that no single service can fight and win modern wars on its own”, he added.

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