Indian Minister of State for Telecommunication & Information Technology Sachin Pilot on Thursday will be commissioned in the rank of Lieutenant in the Territorial Army (TA), the Defence ministry declared Wednesday.
The 'Commissioning' ceremony will be held at Integrated Headquarter of Ministry of Defence (Army), South Block and the young MP will be `pipped' by Chief of the Army Staff, Gen Bikram Singh.
The Minister plunged into politics at the age of 26 and presently is an MP from Ajmer constituency of Rajasthan. He cleared the Preliminary Interview Board (PIB) at Western Command, Chandimandir, the Services Selection Board (SSB) at Bangalore and his medical examination for joining the TA.
Sachin Pilot will be commissioned in the Urban TA Batallion.
Territorial Army is part of Regular Army but is manned by men and officers who are gainfully employed in their civil professions and come for training for two months in a year.
The Territorial Army also guards all the vital installations like ammunitions dumps, airports etc as also vital lines of communications.