The Chetwode Motto

Many a saying has inspired people over generations. In the Indian Army, one of the most inspirational has been The Chetwode Motto. “The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time. The honour, comfort and welfare of the men you command comes next. Your own ease, comfort and safety, come last always and every time”.

The Chetwode Motto is taken from the inaugural address by General Sir Phillip Chetwode, then Commander-in-Chief in India when he inaugurated the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun way back in 1932. As a kid in the ’60s, I remember reading his interesting autobiography in the terrific library we had at the Lawrence School, Lovedale.

These words were spoken some 78 years ago! Yet they continue to inspire generations of newly commissioned officers in the Indian Army being the Motto of the Indian Military Academy.

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