The Indian Army is a vital organ of the country which helps in maintaining law and order and help us sleep peacefully at night. They are respected by all for the duties they accomplish in harsh conditions for extended periods of time and we owe so much to them. Here a few unknown facts about the Indian Army.

1.The Indian Army has a strength of 1.3 million active personnel is the third largest army in the world only to US and China.

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2.The Indian Army is the biggest voluntary army in the world which is a matter of great pride. The Indian constitution has a provision which allows for forced recruitment in times of extreme emergency but it has never been put into effect.

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3.The Indian Army was first formed in 1776 by the East India Company in Kolkata.

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4.The Indian Army is in control of the Siachen Glacier, situated at 5000 meters above the sea level, which is the highest battlefield in the world.

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5.The Army is sub-divided into 53 cantonments and has 9 army bases all across the length and breadth of our country. It also has a cavalry regiment, which only 3 more counties in the world still operate.

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6.Aiding the United Nations in upholding peace operations, the Indian army has one of the biggest troop contributors, second only to the United States.

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7.The Indian army has some of the most elite training facilities in the world, specializing in High altitude and Jungle Warfare training. These training facilities are often visited by troops from United States, Britain and Russia.

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8.The Indian Army has built the highest bridge in the world- the Bailey Bridge built to connect Dras and Suru rivers in Ladakh.

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9.The President of India has a cavalry regiment, formed in 1773 as his bodyguards and they are based out of New Delhi and are tasked with providing security to the President.

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10.There are no provisions and reservations in the army on the basis of caste, creed or religion in the army, although the picture is a whole lot different in government jobs, schools and colleges.

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11.Operation Rahat, carried out to the help the victims from the Uttarkhand floods was the one of the biggest civilian rescue operations in the world with more than 20000 people airlifted and 3,82,000 kg of relief materials distributed.

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12.The strength and the strategy of the Indian army helped in defeating Pakistan and forcing them to surrender in the battle of Kargil in just 11 days.

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