Urges newly commissioned officers to be partners in all national development missions
DEHRA DUN: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Saturday called upon newly commissioned defence officers as well as defence and civil scientists to ensure a high level of national security to safeguard economic growth and prosperity and the capability to defend the nation against all types of threats.
Reviewing a Passing Out Parade at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) here, Mr. Kalam urged the officers to remember that their role was both defending the nation from the enemy and ensuring rapid economic progress.
"The future wars will be highly technology driven and you must know to walk through space, chemical or nuclear attacks," he said, adding that the winners would be soldiers in the frontlines carrying the maximum payload of weapon, life support systems and communication kits with minimum weight.
The designers of defence gear must make additional efforts to ensure a reduction in the weight carried by a soldier as a decrease of every fraction of weight from the soldier's shoulders would ensure a drastic increase in his physical, mental and emotional capabilities, he said.
Mr. Kalam wanted the officers to be aware that there were many who did not like the rapid strides India was making.
"They do not want India to succeed economically and become self-reliant in military capability. There will always be a dynamic environment along our borders needing eternal vigilance by our armed forces. When you young officers are posted to various units, you should remember that national development and national security have to go together and you should set an example as a good human being to our brethren. Thus you are a partner in all national development missions," he said.
Chief of the Army Staff, Gen. J.J. Singh, and Uttaranchal Chief Minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari were among the dignitaries present.
In all, 569 Gentlemen Cadets, including 15 foreigners, passed out of the Academy to become officers.