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First, a double dose of the triple option, as Army and Air Force play back to back against Lafayette and New Mexico, respectively. Then, to close out Saturday's slate, Temple travels to Houston to take on the Cougars, who are looking to bounce back from a loss against SMU. Lafayette vs. Army Date: Saturday, Nov.

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At the end of the war, Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck , then Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, drawing on experiences of the army during the war, led a committee to study various military academies around the world and submitted a report to the Government of India in Dec.

The committee initiated an action plan in late to commission a permanent defence academy and began the search for a suitable site.

Initially, after two years of training at the JSW, Army cadets went on to the Military wing of the AFA for two years of further pre-commission training, while the Navy and Air Force cadets were sent to Dartmouth and Cranwell in the United Kingdom for further training.

The National Defence Academy was formally commissioned on 7 December , with an inauguration ceremony held on 16 January The 10th course NDA passed out in Jun It spans 7, acres The site was chosen for being on a lake shore, the suitability of the neighbouring hilly terrain, proximity to the Arabian Sea and other military establishments, an operational air base nearby at Lohegaon as well as the salubrious climate.

The existence of an old combined-forces training centre and a disused mock landing ship, HMS Angostura, on the north bank of the Khadakwasla lake which had been used to train troops for amphibious landings, lent additional leverage for the selection of the site.

The building is a 3-storey basalt and granite structure constructed with Jodhpur red sandstone. Its architecture features an exterior design comprising a blend of arches, pillars and verandahs, topped by a dome.

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The foyer has white Italian marble flooring and panelling on the interior walls. On the walls of the foyer hang the portraits of NDA graduates who have been honored with the highest gallantry awards, the Param Vir Chakra or the Ashoka Chakra.

A number of war relics adorn the NDA campus, including captured tanks and aircraft. Twelve Indian states donated approximately Rs. Incoming classes are accepted twice a year for semesters starting in July and January.

About 4,50, applicants sit for each written exam every year. Typically, about 6, of these are invited to interview. The minimum age should be 16 and half years and maximum age should be 19 and half years. About cadets are accepted to the academy each semester.

About 70 cadets are accepted for the Air Force, 42 for the Navy and for the Army. Cadets are awarded a Baccalaureate degree a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science after 3 years of study.

Cadets have a choice of two streams of study. In both streams, academic studies are split into three categories. Note that all cadets must take basic classes in all these subjects except Foreign Languages.

Cadets then take advanced classes depending on their chosen stream. The Optional Course focuses on subjects specific to the cadet's chosen Service. Cadets spend the first four semesters on the Compulsory Course and the Foundation Course.

They take the Optional Course during the fifth and sixth semesters. They may transfer to other Service academies for the optional courses. Apart from academic training they are also trained in outdoor skills, like Drill , PT and games; apart from one of the foreign languages up to the lower B1 level according to the international standards.

The emphasis in NDA is on character building , esprit-de-corps , mental and physical robustness, leadership and a sense of keen observation. Life in NDA is all about learning discipline and adhering self improvement.

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NDA has an excellent infrastructure for all-round training of cadets and a vast array of facilities like spacious and well-maintained classrooms, well-equipped labs, two Olympic size swimming pools, a gymnasium, 32 football fields, 2 polo grounds, a cricket stadium and a number of squash and tennis courts.

The academic year is divided into two terms, viz. Spring Jan. A cadet must undergo training for a total of six terms before graduating from the NDA.

Squadrons and Battalions[ edit ] On reporting to the Academy, a cadet is allotted to one of the 18 Squadrons. Each squadron has approximately to cadets drawn from senior as well as junior courses under training in the Academy. As the number of cadets joining the NDA is increasing annually, the Defence Ministry Of India had recently sanctioned the raising of 16th, 17th and 18th squadrons, with the initial letter of their names being "P", "Q" and "R" respectively.

It is remarkable that the newly raised "Panther" squadron won the Academy cross-country run championship in its first participation in Spring The champion squadron has the proud tradition of possession of the Champion banner for one term, which is carried during the parade and other sports meets.

Each Squadron has its own nickname, an individual identity with a richly textured history and mascot. The rudimentary import of the NDA's motto "Service before Self" is first taught in the environs of the Squadron, where a cadet learns the importance of putting the Squadron's requirements well above his own.

Army[ edit ] Cadet are imparted a blend of outdoor and indoor training.

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Outdoor training is carried out in the hilly and wooded terrain in and around the NDA campus. Indoor training includes theoretical and practical simulated training. Cadets are taught subjects such as tactical training, weapon training, map reading, military writing, field engineering, organisation and administration and radio telephony.

Training visits to operational military establishments and bases are also incorporated to enhance the practical content of the training. During his stay at the NDA, an Army cadet is taught judging distances, terrain study, indication and recognition of targets, camouflage and concealment, trench digging, observation by day and night, stalking, organisation of an Infantry section, section formations, field signals and fire control orders.

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They are also taught handling of firearms, marksmanship and night firing. An Inter Squadron Bayonet fighting competition is held to inculcate a spirit of aggression and martial hue as also to teach the nuances of hand-to-hand combat.

An Inter Squadron Firing Competition is also conducted to enhance levels of marksmanship and night firing skills. Camp Green Horn is conducted to introduce a second term cadet to the basic battle subjects such as map reading, tent pitching, fitting of web equipment, navigation, endurance training, compass reading and development of leadership qualities.

Camp Rover is conducted to introduce a fourth term cadet to the basic battle subjects. In the sixth term Camp Torna is conducted, where practical aspects are reinforced in simulated field conditions. The cadets are provided with opportunities to demonstrate leadership qualities in various tactical situations.

The training is geared to prepare a cadet to lead an infantry section effectively. Other aspects covered during the camp include map-reading and navigation by day and night, quick attack at section level, patrolling, ambush, endurance training, and occupation of a Section Defended Post and conduct of a defensive battle at section level by night.

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Naval cadets on completion of their 3 years of training go to Indian Naval Academy INA as their finishing academy for 1 year, where they commence their M. Sc degree along with cadets of INA who will be doing B.

The major emphasis is laid on Navigation, Seamanship and Communication. A total of theoretical classes which are currently under revision are conducted for VI term naval cadets. Practical instructions are imparted in the Watermanship training Centre at Peacock bay during regular periods and during club days.

In order to orient the cadets to the navy, an orientation visit to Mumbai is conducted prior to the commencement of service training; during which the cadets visit various class of ships, submarines, shop floors, repair facilities etc.

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