The combined annual training camp for cadets of Nagaland commenced at home guard and civil defence training centre, Toluvi village on February 17. Camp commandant, squadron leader S Akheto Jakhalu, commanding officer of No. 1(NL) Air Sqn (Flying) NCC Sqn based at Dimapur on deputation from Indian Air Force, in the inaugural address explained that the aim and objectives of the camp was to build up leadership qualities, discipline, positive attitude, improve awareness and be responsible and accountable citizens of the society.
The various training activities in the camp were aero modeling workshop, disaster management and first aid classes by Nagaland home guards, parasailing demonstration, small arms firing, drill, games, cultural extravaganza, Taekwondo self defence classes, trekking, visit to 24 Assam Rifles (small arms display) and air traffic control tower, Dimapur airfield.
In addition, lecture classes on SSB, leadership by group commander and camp commandant, tech and non-tech subjects by staff of the unit was also conducted. During the camp NCC ‘B’ and ‘C’ certificate examinations were held for the cadets of the state on February 22 and 24, presided over by Col. Abhay Singh, group commander, Kohima group. The camp commandant encouraged cadets to utilize the certificates for incentives in public/private sector and central government jobs. Cadets with NCC ‘C’ certificate with ‘B’ grading (50% marks in graduation) and wanting to join armed forces as officers, are exempted from UPSC written exam and called for SSB interview directly.
Presently 5 Air NCC cadets of No.1 (NL) Air Sqn NCC are undergoing SSB interview at Allahabad utilizing the ‘C’ certificates for 29th NCC special entry scheme for officers’ cadre. Camp commandant extended gratitude to Nagaland home guards and civil defence providing the location, DEF Dimapur for security, DIG (Trg) NAPTC, 24 Assam Rifles under 5 Sector HQ for logistic support and small arms display, AAI Dimapur, Med Branch, 3 Corps, 4003 field hospital, Rangapahar for administration support and cooperation for smooth conduct of ongoing camp.
The camp was attended by cadets of 24 NL (I) Coy NCC, 25 NL (I) Coy NCC, 66 NL Girls (I) Coy NCC and conducting unit No. 1 (NL) Air Sqn (Flying) NCC. For the next 10 days, the campers participated in various NCC training activities.