New Delhi, Nov 1: Team India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra will officially wear the olive green uniform and be conferred the rank of honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army on Tuesday.
President Pratibha Patil had approved the grant of honorary commissions to the two illustrious sports-persons on Sept 13 in recognition of their achievements in their respective sports.
Dhoni led India to victory in the cricket World Cup earlier this year and was instrumental in taking the team to the top spot in Test rankings for the first time last year. He had also led the team to victory in the inaugural T20 World championship in 2007.
Bindra won the only individual Olympic gold medal for India at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
While Dhoni was commissioned into the elite Para Regiment in the presence of the Colonel of the Regiment, Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia, Bindra was welcomed into the Sikh Regiment by Lt. Gen. Sumer Singh, its Colonel of teh Regiment.
"I have got the maroon beret now, but I have to earn it," Dhoni said claiming that becoming a member of the elite Parachute Regiment was not child's play and involved rigorous combat and airborne operations training.
"I will soon find time to go for my training, will meet with the soldiers on the borders and encourage youth to join the army," said Dhoni, who has earlier interacted with army personnel during visits to cantonments.
The two sports personalities joined an exclusive group of personalities, including senior cricketers Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, who have been conferred honorary ranks in the armed forces.