According to the OTA, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular routine of training is progressing with necessary precautions.
The OTA trains two batches of nearly 200 cadets each, every year. The passing out parade at the academy is a grand event that takes place twice a year- usually in March and September. Nearly 200 cadets including those from friendly foreign countries pass out of the academy.
However, since the start of the pandemic, the otherwise grand passing-out parades at the academy have become highly-restricted events.
Conventionally, parents and kin of the passing-out cadets are allowed to witness the grand event in-person at the academy and do the pipping honours (placing the star on the uniform). But with the pandemic restrictions in place, the academy has started live-streaming the event and prohibited entry of outsiders.