Pune: Lt Gen DR Soni, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Pune-headquartered Southern Army Command, on Saturday, said, “There was a time when we used to say one bullet, one enemy. But now, the definition (form) of enemy has changed. We don’t know in what form the enemy will come. Nowadays it is difficult to identify the enemy.”
He was addressing the troops, their families and NCC cadets at Dhanwantri Hall, AFMC, in Wanowrie, after giving Sena Medal (gallantry) awards to six brave soldiers and ‘Southern Army Commander’s Unit Citation’ to 14 units.
Talking about continuous training of soldiers, he added, “Many people ask why there is so much training of troops. It is because when we train them in peace and throughout their career, it helps them fight better when they come across the enemy. Training helps the soldiers.”
‘Soldier knows his name on the bullet but fights for country’
Lt Gen Soni said, “We don’t look at religion, race, caste, education of the soldier. He is there as a soldier of the Indian Army. He is given a task and he executes it. He knows that the bullet is coming, his name is there on it but he fights for the country. The ultimate aim is what matters. I wish the country understands what they go through.”
Awareness best tool to fight cyber threat
Lt Gen Soni added, “We have been educating soldiers about the evil of cyber threat. Earlier, we thought of only computers but now, mobile has become a tool for the adversaries. Even if the phone is switched off, one can get video recording of the person using it. Therefore, we are asking troops to be alert. Many of us don’t carry phones also.”
Armoured Corps role evolved
“Tanks were developed to overcome trenches and were extensively used in the plains. But now, we have deployed them on mountains on the borders,” said Lt Gen Soni, who is also the senior most Armoured Corps officer.
Jointmanship at advanced level
The general, who flew a sortie in Sukhoi fighter plane, said, “The jointmanship among the Army, Air Force and Navy is at an advanced level. One force cannot win a war on their own. Till 20-30 years back, we were not talking to each other...but now, things have changed. We know each other’s capabilities. We have studied together at NDA (tri-services training academy). We are friends who have grown up together. Therefore, jointmanship is growing day by day.”