Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who has been appointed as deputy chief minister of Rajasthan is also the first Union Minister commissioned as a regular officer in the Territorial Army.
In 2015, Sachin Pilot cleared the written exam conducted by TA and the Service Selection Board (SSB) interview at Allahabad, following which he joined the force as a Lieutenant before proceeding for the training at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun.
At a ceremony held on September 6, 2012 in Delhi, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh and Sachin’s mother Rama Pilot pipped ranks of lieutenant, formally commissioning him as officer in the 124 TA Battalion of the Sikh Regiment.
Those volunteering for TA, which is under the Indian Army, receive military training for a certain period of time every year and can continue to remain gainfully employed in any profession.
Unlike celebrities like cricketers Kapil Dev and Mahendra Singh Dhoni; and actor Mohan Lal, who joined the force as Honorary Lieutenant Colonels, Pilot joined TA as a regular officer and got prescribed salary and incentives for the period of his service.
Sachin’s father Squadron Leader Rajesh Pilot was a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and his grandfather served the Indian Army as a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).