From the 18th to the 22nd of October, I attended the Combined Annual Training Camp(CATC) of NCC, which stands for National Cadet Corps, a youth organization under the Indian Armed Forces, which was organized by 4 GUJ GIRLS BN NCC at Thamna. We traveled from our unit to our camp location in an army truck, singing songs and having a good time.
On our first day we took a Covid test and were split up into companies like Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie, and then further into platoons. My day usually began at 3:30 a.m. because we had to report early in the morning, after which we had to go for a run and do a few exercises. Thereafter, we had our breakfasts and had to change into our drill uniforms. We used to report back at 9:00 a.m. for our drill, where we learned various parade commands and moves. We had a hi-tea time break at 11:00 a.m., and then we attended theory classes.
We learned about map reading, first-aid and medical knowledge, weapon training, and leadership in theory sessions. We had lunch after the theoretical sessions, and then the theory sessions resumed. We had an hour of rest after a hectic half-day, and also we had games and cultural activities such as dance and song competitions in the evening. Our day came to a close with the roll call, where we sang the NCC song and then ate dinner.
We also went for riffle shooting in which we fired 5 rounds using a 0.22 caliber riffle. I learned about the parts of the riffle, the positions of the shooter, and trigger operations. It was a great experience and my first time of riffle shooting.
A variety of responsibilities were assigned to us, including that of a Santri, mess duty, night duty, and many others, all of which instilled in me a sense of responsibility.
The stay at camps is not so great and hence one really learns to adjust with every situation just like the army men do. We also got the typical 'Ragda' for our mistakes and not being in discipline that eventually helps in shaping our personality. Staying with people of various kinds and from all battalions allowed me to make new acquaintances and mix our cultures, despite the fact that we were all from the same state. We were always seen differently as we belong to the 2CTC unit and were considered as the 'Padhi Likhi Fauj'. This was my first CATC camp, and I had a great time. In such a short span of time, I was able to learn a lot of new things.
From typical Ragda to playing games,
From releasing bullets to lifting riffles,
From unexpected fall in to final roll calls,
The entire camp was a real blast.