MS Dhoni, a Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) within the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, joined his unit within the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday after opting out of the West Indies tour to serve the identical. The former India skipper can be staying together with his 106 TA Battalion (Para) until August 15 and beneath take duties with the troops, Army officers stated. “Lt Col Dhoni arrived here today and has joined his unit,” one of many officers stated. Last week, Dhoni’s request to stay with the unit in the Kashmir Valley as part of Victor Force and carry out duties of patrolling, guard and submit obligation was authorised by Army Headquarters.
The unit is deployed within the militancy-infested south Kashmir area as a part of Victor Force.
On Friday, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat had told NDTV that MS Dhoni was well-equipped to carry out his duties with the Army. Like some other soldier, MS Dhoni can be performing the position of a protector.
“When a citizen of India desires to don the army uniform then he has to even be ready to satisfy the duty for which the uniform has been assigned to him. MS Dhoni has carried out his primary coaching and we all know that he’ll be capable of accomplish the duty.
“In reality, he can be defending quite a lot of different folks as a result of he’ll now be performing with the 106 Territorial Army Battalion (Para). It is an excellent battalion and so they have been performing line of communication duties, static safety and he can be part of it.
“I don’t think we will need to protect him, he will protect the citizens and garrison entrusted to his task,” the Army Chief had stated.
Dhoni was accorded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. He can be a certified paratrooper after having accomplished 5 parachute coaching jumps in 2015.
The Territorial Army is part of the Army. Its position is to alleviate the common Army from static duties and help civil administration in coping with pure calamities and upkeep of important services.
(With PTI inputs)