Indian Army Day as celebrated in India


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When is the Indian Army Day celebrated?

The Indian Army Day is celebrated every year on the 15th of January. This year is the 74th Indian Army Day. It was celebrated in India on the morning of 15th January 2022.

Why is Indian Army Day important?

This day is a matter of great pride for every Indian, as we pay our respects to the daredevils of our country and salute them for the sacrifices they make each day for the country.

The Indian Army Day is celebrated to honor each soldier in the armed forces of our country for their selfless service. Every year, it is celebrated at all army command offices across the country, and the Headquarters in New Delhi.

Indian Army Day: history

While the Indian Army was officially established on 1 April 1895 under British rule, the first Indian to head the forces was Lieutenant General KM Cariappa, who was appointed to the post on 15 January 1949.

Ever since then, 15 January has become an important day for the history of India as it was the first time an Indian soldier took the reigns of the armed forces of the nation.

Significance of Indian Army Day

The Indian Army Day is a celebration of not only our brave soldiers but also the transfer of power from British rule to India. That is why each year, it is celebrated in all army command headquarters with great gusto and pride.

How is the day celebrated in India?

Each year on Indian Army Day, a grand parade is organized at the Cariappa parade ground of the Delhi cantonment. The salute of the parade is usually taken by the Indian Army Chief. Thus, in 2022, it will be General Manoj Mukund Naravane who will be making the salute on the occasion.

Alongside this, the Indian Army Day also usually involves a showcase of all the weapons in the Indian Army arsenal. The latest kind of weapons, drones, helicopters, etc is displayed with great pride. Besides this, bravery awards such as unit credentials and Sena medals are also awarded on Indian Army Day.

What is special about this day in 2022?

In 2022, the celebrations involved a showcase of the latest weapons the Indian Army has acquired recently, indigenously developed, and imported. The latest additions on display were the BLT T-72 ‘Bharat Rakshak’ tank, the 155mm Soltum Gun, and the BrahMos Missiles.

In 2022, what’s special is the all-new camouflage uniform, designed in partnership with the Indian Army and the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). It was showcased during the Indian Army Day parade.

What took place in the morning today?

During a parade scheduled at Delhi Cantt as the Indian forces marked the Army Day on January 15, Paratroopers were seen in new digicam gear for the first time as they marched.

By August this year, the Indian Army will replace the decades-old camouflage prints with a more effective UCP pixilated pattern that was selected by the American forces in 2010 as the Operational Camouflage Pattern to wear in Afghanistan.

A senior Indian Army official reportedly stressed that the camouflage of the renovated uniform is much better than its previous one. The fatigue is more comfortable for Indian women soldiers and is labeled best-of-breed of utility uniform that perfects the fit and function of the Army.

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