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Sikkim gets first batch of Army men Grand flagging off ceremony on April 18

Saturday, 23 March 20130 comments

Gangtok, March 23: Come April and history of sorts will be created when the first batch of 460 youths from this Himalayan state will be flagged off to join the Indian Army. The Indian Army has selected 460 youths from this state for joining the Indian Army for the first time through a written exam.

The 460 youths makes up sixty six percent of the total youths who had appeared for the selection process and has also cleared the physical and medical test conducted by the Army. The recruitment rally was held on March 6 in which a total of 690 youths had participated according to Army sources.

“The results were declared yesterday by the Army recruiting office in Siliguri. Such high percentage of pass results is a rare one in the Army recruitment process” said D.N. Bhutia, the secretary of the Rajya Sainik Board.

The short listed candidates have been selected for the post of Soldier for general duty and tradesman. The youths are expected to be trained in Lucknow for 42 weeks at 3/11 gorkha Rifles regiment centre. “A flagging off ceremony will be held on April 18 in a grand style. The event will be a historic one,” said Bhutia.

On the same day the second phase of the recruitment process will be held at two different venues one being at Palzour Stadium, the second at Mangan Senior Secondary School ground and sports complex.

“The second phase has been scheduled to target those who missed the first phase due to the ongoing board examinations,” added Bhutia.  
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