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Here’s a graduation ceremony with berets, rifles and parades

By Shelly Walia

It’s graduation season again—and a new batch of men and women is ready to join the Indian Army, one of the largest in the world.

For weeks and months, these men and women—irrespective of caste, class and religion—rough it out at India’s defence academies to prepare for a career that inspires respect and admiration like few others. Yet, India’s young people seem increasingly disillusioned with a career in the armed forces.

The Indian Army is currently short of some 9,642 officers and 24,356 other ranks, and the government has now been forced to take evasive measures to attract more recruits.

Quartz brings you a selection of the best graduation photos from different military bases in India.

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Newly graduated soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry participate in their commencement parade at a military base on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. One hundred and seventy nine recruits from the Jammu and Kashmir state were formally inducted into the Indian army on March 4 after they successfully completed their training.
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Newly graduated soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry take oath during their commencement parade at a military base on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 4.
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An Indian army recruit wearing his ceremonial uniform looks on as he marches during their passing out parade at a garrison in Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 4.
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Newly graduated soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry salute during their commencement parade at a military base on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 4.
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Newly graduated soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry take oath during their commencement parade at a military base on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 4.
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Indian army recruits wearing their ceremonial uniform perform a salute during their passing-out parade at a garrison in Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 27.
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Newly raised soldiers of the Indian Army’s Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment salute during their commencement parade at a military base on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 27.
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Indian army soldiers arrange guns allotted to newly inducted army personnel before their parade in Bangalore, on March 25.
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An Indian Army soldier takes a horse over a jump at a combined display with trainees from the Officers Training Academy in Chennai, on March 13.
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(From left) A Hindu, Muslim, Christian and a Sikh carry holy books of their respective religions before giving oaths to newly inducted army personnel during their parade in Bangalore, on March 25. A total of 292 recruits joined the ranks of the Indian army after 19 weeks of basic training followed by 23 weeks of military training.
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Newly inducted Indian army personnel participate in a parade in Bangalore, on March 25.
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Indian army recruits march in their ceremonial uniform during their passing out parade at a garrison in Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 4.
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Women cadets celebrate after their graduation ceremony at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai, on March 14.