Cricketing legend Kapil Dev donned the olive green as a Territorial Army volunteer yesterday. He was commissioned into a TA Battalion affiliated to the Punjab Regiment.
The Territorial Army (TA) is a voluntary citizens’ Army where civil professionals receive military training for a few days each year in their spare time so that in the event of a war or a national emergency, they may bear arms for the nation’s defence.
The TA is not a source of employment but a national service organization wherein only those civilians are commissioned who have a full time civil vocation / occupation. Civil employment / self-employment is a pre-requisite for joining TA as an officer.
Many Ministers, royalties, senior civil servants, sitting MPs / MLAs, industrialists and professionals have been national service volunteers with the TA.
Read more about it here in ‘The Tribune’