259 youth from J& K join Army

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

As many as 259 youth from dif­fer­ent parts of restive Jammu and Kash­mir on Satur­day pledged to “in­vig­o­rate the na­tion with ev­ery drop of our blood” af­ter for­mally join­ing the Army, the of­fi­cials said.

The lat­est batch of its pass­ing out young sol­diers was show­cased by the Jammu and Kash­mir Light In­fantry ( JAK LI) at its reg­i­men­tal cen­tre in Sri­na­gar’s Ran­greth area. The re­cruits were at­tested on the com­ple­tion of “stren­u­ous train­ing” spread over one year, said de­fence spokesman Colonel Ra­jesh Kalia.

The pass­ing out pa­rade, de­pict­ing grad­u­a­tion of a re­cruit and his trans­for­ma­tion into a young soldier, was re­viewed by Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing 9 In­fantry Divi­sion Ma­jor Gen­eral M. K. Das and Colonel of the Reg­i­ment and was at­tended by over 1000 par­ents and rel­a­tives of young sol­diers, the spokesman said.

“The daunt­less young sol­diers of the reg­i­ment hail­ing from all re­gions and re­li­gions of the State of J& K, march­ing in pre­cise uni­son with a sin­gu­lar aim of de­vot­ing their lives in ser­vice of their na­tion, singing their Reg­i­men­tal Song ‘ Bal­i­danam Veer Lak­sh­nam’, in­spired one and all as their voice echoed in the Kash­mir Val­ley,” the spokesman said. He added, “Their sa­lute to the tri­colour with na­tional an­them play­ing in­spired pa­tri­otic ar­dour in all present.”

Maj. Gen. Das con­grat­u­lated the young sol­diers for their “im­mac­u­late” pa­rade and urged them to get ready for self­less ser­vice to­wards the na­tion.

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