15 Amazing Things About NDA (National Defence Academy).

15 Amazing Things About NDA (National Defence Academy)

Know 15 Amazing Things About NDA (National Defence Academy)

  • NDA is the first military academy in the world that trains officers for the Army, Navy and Air Force.
Sudan Block NDA
  • The Sudan Block now is an iconic symbol of this Tri-Services Academy. The naming of Sudan Block was constructed from the fund donated by Sudan to establish National Defence Academy and its infrastructure. It was given in recognition of the sacrifices of Indian troops in the defence of Sudan during World War 2.
  • The academy is situated in Khadagwasla near Pune because it has lakes, hilly areas and operational airbase for the training the young cadets.
  • The first batch of 190 cadets started their training at NDA on 11 January 1949.
  • The aim of establishing National Defence Academy was to check whether the candidates from diverse areas come and join the forces.
  • A common dress “Khaki” has been made compulsory at NDA to keep the sense of equality among the cadets & prevail an atmosphere of homogeneity and unity.
  • The initial logo of NDA consisted of a sword, a quill pen, an anchor and an eagle, symbolising the four fields in which the Cadets received education at the National War Academy. The present logo was selected in 1948. 
  • Lt. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, India’s first individual Olympics medal winner, is a proud alumnus of the NDA’s 77th Course. He had won Silver in shooting in the Olympics 2004 held at Athens.
Rakesh Sharma
Rakesh Sharma

The first Indian to fly into space Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma is also an alumnus of the NDA- National Defence Academy. He joined NDA (National Defence Academy) as an IAF cadet in 1966.

  • The First Course started with a batch of 190 cadets in 11 January 1949, The Passing-out-Parade for 172 cadets was held on 8 December 1950.
  • The motto of NDA was changed from “Service Before Self” to “Seva Parmo Dharma” in 1951.
  • Before its inception as National Defence Academy on 16th January, 1955, it first started its operation on 1st January 1949 as Joint Services Wing at the Indian Military Academy (then known as Armed Forces Academy) in Dehradun. This shifting is known as ‘Operation Badli’.
  • NDA has produced 27 service Chiefs Of Staff till date. Current Chiefs Of Staff of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force are all NDA alumni.
  • There are 18 squadrons in the NDA divided into five battalions.
  • More than 28 countries cadets train alongside their Indian counterparts at the NDA.

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