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529 young soldiers attested
- Cheers mark shift to manhood

Shillong, Sept. 4: The attestation parade of 529 young recruits was held at Parsons Parade Ground of the Assam Regimental Centre here.

After successfully completing their gruelling training schedule, the recruits pledged to serve and defend their motherland, if need be by making the supreme sacrifice.

The proud parents and relatives of these recruits came from remote areas to witness the parade, which was reviewed by Lt Gen. R.N. Singh of the Assam Regiment and Arunachal Scouts. In his address to the young soldiers, Singh extolled the virtues of selfless service to the nation and recounted the contributions of the Northeast and the Assam Regiment towards nation building. He complimented the young soldiers on their “impeccable standard” and exhorted them to persevere in pursuit of excellence.

The coveted overall “Best Recruit and Dah of Honour” was presented to sepoy Amos Hrangchai. Sepoy Aditya Kumar was declared best in bayonet fighting, sepoy Lamsomlal was best in physical training, sepoy Chaiwang Wangsa was the best shooter, battalion recruit Capt. M. Elysa Koireng was the best in drills and sepoy Pritam Nath was best in military subjects.

It was indeed a proud moment for the kith and kin of these recruits who have come from far flung areas to witness the eventful ceremony in which their wards participated. Swaying to the lilting tune of the regimental song, the young soldiers erupted in joyous cheer to mark a successful transition to valiant manhood.

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