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College students encouraged to join TA
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Oct. 2010 1:01 AM IST
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Students of Dimapur Government College on Thursday were expounded on joining the armed forces through Territorial Army (TA). Captain Sridhar of 164 TA (H&H) gave a power point presentation on how to join the Territorial Army and the advantages of joining the army.
An engineer employed with Wipro Company, Sridhar also encouraged the students to join the force and serve the nation while continuing with their profession at the same time.
The Territorial Army (external website that opens in a new window) is a voluntary, part-time citizen’s army. The conceptual framework or the Territorial Army is based on the fundamental idea that it should exist for war-time employment, and should be maintainable at the lowest cost during peace time.
The concept encompasses the employment of disciplined, dedicated and a low cost force of gainfully employed citizens from all walks of life to supplement and augment the resources of the regular army. These citizens on joining the Territorial Army undergo a short period of rigorous training, which makes them reasonably competent soldiers. Subsequently, they join their units for two months every year for refresher training, to keep in touch with the art of soldiering.
Infantry Battalions (TA) have been embodied for operational services since the raising of the force. Units of the Territorial Army have participated in all wars alongside the regular Army. In recent times, a maximum of 22 units were embodied in Operation Rakshak, Operation Vijay and Operation Parakram. Infantry Battalions (TA) have also been embodied for counter insurgency operations in North-East and Jammu and Kashmir. They have been utilized to maintain essential services like railways, oil supply and medical (departmental units) during emergencies. Some units have been organised for national development tasks in fields like ecology and afforestation and have rendered commendable services.

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