“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.”
Be it NCC, NDA, OTA or IMA, the Indian defence institutions are famed worldwide for the quality of trained (wo)men they produce. With the aim of involving the youth to create an organised and trained Human Resource, the National Cadet Corps was raised in 1948 at the school and university levels.
The National Cadet Corps is the youth wing of the Indian military which gives basic military training to girls and boys. I am an NCC cadet myself and my journey till now has been quite an adventure. The uniform had always appealed to me and I wanted to earn the name plate since I was a kid.
I got myself enrolled into Miranda House, University of Delhi majorly to be a part of its NCC Company. The reputation and legacy it holds is coveted. I came in as a shy cadet but the past 1.5 years of rigorous training and exertion has transformed me into a confident and self reliant woman. The process is physically and mentally very challenging but the toil has been worth it.
The female cadets are trained at par with their male counterparts and are given opportunities, be it marching proudly on the Rajpath or receiving training in firing arms.It has only made me stronger and more resilient in the face of life’s challenges. We, in NCC, have mastered the art of accomplishing what others consider impossible. Following one of the DG’s four cardinal principles, we’ve learned to work hard without making any fuss. NCC is a second family to me, a home away from home.
We strive to live up to the name of ATHENAS and act wisely in all aspects of life, and the experiences I’ve gathered during my time prepare me for the aspirations and goals I have.