Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra were conferred the rank of honorary Lt. Col. in the Territorial Army on Tuesday.
Dr Deepak Rao, the first Indian to specialise in modern Close Quarter Battle Training (CQB), has been commissioned as an honorary Major in the Territorial Army.
MS Dhoni and Abhinav Bindra have been bestowed the honour for their outstanding contribution in the field of sports and their commitment to the Army on various occasions.
Dhoni has set an example by his unstinted hard work, discipline and supreme dedication. His leading the team from the front, remaining ultra cool in adversities, maintaining excellent physical standards, and giving all credit to his teammates, is very synonymous to the Army way of leadership.
Abhinav Bindra is youth icon and his qualities as a valiant fighter, dedication, hardwork, supreme concentration and perseverance are synonymous to an Army leader.
The two sportspersons today joined an elite group of personalities, including senior cricketers Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, who have been conferred honorary ranks in the armed forces.
Kapil Dev was conferred the honorary Lt. Col. rank in the Territorial Army in 2008, while Tendulkar was made honorary Group Captain in the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2010.
Combat specialist Dr. Deepak Rao has imparted his expertise for 17 years to train soldiers from various Indian forces.
He has also been Instructor in Reflex Shooting and Deep Sea Diving. Despite his outstanding achievements he remains committed, selfless and has dedicated his life for Army as an organisation.
For his yeomen service to the nation and specifically providing assistance to training of the Armed Forces in Close Quarter Battle, Advanced Commando Combat System and Combating Terrorism, Dr Rao has been bestowed with the honour.
All the three young honorary officers have always followed the ethos and culture of the Indian Army.
By donning the Olive Greens, they will be an inspiration to many youngsters of the nation, and as Brand Ambassadors of the Indian Army, they will strengthen the citizen-soldier bonds. (ANI)