The Pioneer Corps of the Indian Army celebrated its 80th Raising Day today (25 Nov 2021). Pioneer Corps being one of the oldest Corps of The Indian Army has actively participated and performed exceptionally well in all pre and post-independence wars/ operations and has brought laurels to the organisation and country The origin of The Pioneer Corps dates back to 1758 in Madras where the
1st Pioneer Company was raised. The Pioneer Corps units provide disciplined and well trained manpower in extremely challenging and difficult terrains to carry out loading/ unloading of essentials including ration, equipment, weapon & ammunition at airports/ airfields for troops deployed in forward areas, along the Line of Actual Control and Line of control. Pioneers also assist Engineers and Border Road organisation in carrying out operational tasks in HAA, CI and border areas.
Op Vijay’ deserves a very special mention in the history of the Pioneer Corps.
The Pioneers rose and geared to the occasion. They carried out the most difficult tasks assigned to them including carriage and stacking of ammunition to forward posts, opening of lines of communication on the Srinagar-Leh, Jammu – Srinagar axis and bringing back the wounded and body bags from the forward posts located at higher reaches of kargil and Drass with total commitment and dedication.
The Pioneer Corps has been rendering their service in the highest professional manner as per the traditions of Indian Army. Their Resilience to undertake all type of duties is aptly summed up in their motto; SHARM SARVA VIJAYEE – meaning ‘With Labour, everything can be won’.