Jat Regiment

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Jat Regiment
Regimental Insignia of the Jat Regiment
Active1795 – Present[1]
CountryIndia India
Branch Indian Army
TypeLine Infantry
Size23 Battalions
Regimental CentreBareilly, Uttar Pradesh
Motto(s)Sangathan Va Veerta (Unity And Valour)
War CryJat Balwan, Jai Bhagwan (The Jat is powerful, Victory to god!)
Colonel of
the Regiment
Lt Gen SK Saini, AVSM, YSM, VSM
Regimental InsigniaThe Roman numeral nine representing its ninth position in the regimental hierarchy of the Indian Army of the 1920s. The insignia also has a bugle indicating the Light Infantry antecedents of two of its battalions.

The Jat Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army. It is one of the longest serving and most decorated regiments of the Indian Army.[2] The regiment has won 19 battle honours between 1839 and 1947[3] and post independence 5 battle honours, eight Mahavir Chakra, eight Kirti Chakra, 32 Shaurya Chakras, 39 Vir Chakras and 170 Sena Medals.

[2][4]During its service of over 200 years, the regiment has participated in various actions and operations both in the pre- and post-independence India and abroad, including the First and the Second World Wars. Numerous battalions of the Jat Regiment fought in the First World War including the 14th Murray's Jat Lancers.[5]


The Jat Regiment Insignia during British India (Pre-1947).

British Indian Army: 1795 to 1947[edit]

The Regiment claims its origins from the Calcutta Native Militia raised in 1795,[6] which later became an infantry battalion of the Bengal Army. The 14th Murray's Jat Lancers were formed in 1857.[6] After 1860, there was a substantial increase in the recruitment of Jats in the British Indian Army, however, the Class Regiment, The Jats, was initially created as infantry units in 1897 from old battalions of the Bengal Army. In January 1922, at the time of the grouping of the Class Regiments of the Indian Army, the 9th Jat Regiment was formed by bringing under a single regiment, four active and one training battalion.

The British colonists were impressed by the martial qualities of the Jats that they soon started recruiting them in ever-increasing numbers into all branches of the Bengal Army. The 1st Battalion was raised as the 22nd Bengal Native Infantry in 1803.[citation needed]

The 2nd and 3rd Battalions were raised in 1817 and 1823 respectively. All three battalions had distinguished records of service including the winning of many honours during World War I. The 1st Battalion, in particular, served with great distinction in France and Iraq (then Mesopotamia) and was conferred the signal honour of being declared ‘Royal’ in addition to being made Light Infantry.[citation needed]

A World War I (1914-1918) Jat Army Officer's Brass Button - from the famous 9th JAT Regiment an elite-fighting Unit of the Jat Regiment

The Regiment saw a great deal of fighting in North Africa, Ethiopia, Burma, Malaya, Singapore, and Java-Sumatra. A large number of gallantry awards were won including a Victoria Cross and two George Crosses. At the end of the war the Regiment, in company with other regiments of the Indian Infantry, dropped the numeral 9 from its title and became simply the Jat Regiment.[citation needed]

Gates of Somnath temple[edit]

After the Battle of Kabul (1842), Governor General Lord Ellenborough had specifically ordered Major General William Nott who was commanding British-Indian forces, to recover a set of ornate gates, known as the Somnath Gates, which had been looted from India by the Afghans and hung at the tomb of Sultan Mahmud II.[7] A whole sepoy regiment, the 43rd Bengal Native Infantry (which later became the 6th Jat Light Infantry after the Indian Rebellion of 1857), was detailed to carry the gates back to India.[8]


14th Murray's Jat Lancers (Risaldar Major) by AC Lovett (1862–1919)

In independent India, the Jats maintained the high reputation they had created for themselves on the battle-fields of France and Flanders, Libya, Malaya, and Burma to name a few. In Jammu and Kashmir 1947–48, the China War 1962, the conflicts with Pakistan in 1965 and 1971, and in Sri Lanka and Siachen, they have added to the laurels of the Regiment and the Army. But the actions of 3 Jat under Lt Col (now Brig Retd) Desmond Hayde initially on 1 September and then again on 21–22 September of crossing the Ichhogil Canal and capturing Dograi right up to Batapore-Attocke Awan and knocking on the very doors of Lahore speaks for itself about the battalion's leadership and the bravery of the troops. Recently in the 1999 Kargil conflict five of the Regiment’s battalions took part and once again displayed the excellent soldierly qualities that have made the Jats so well known amongst the community of fighting men. The performance of the Regiment’s battalions during the UN missions in Korea and Congo has been in keeping with its high standards. Again, it performed very well in the counter-insurgency operations that have kept the Indian Army busy ever since independence.[citation needed] [9]

Battle cry[edit]

The battle cry, adopted in 1955, in Hindi, is जाट बलवान, जय भगवान (IAST: Jāt Balwān, Jai Bhagwān), which means "The Jat is Powerful, Victory Be to God!".

Regimental Battalions[edit]

Commemorative stamp on envelope celebrating the Jat Regiment in army uniforms of the regiment, past and present.

Currently[when?] the regiment has 23 regular battalions, 4 Rastriya Rifles Battalions and 2 reserve battalions

  • 1st Battalion (now 2nd MECH)
  • 2nd Battalion (former 15th Jat)
  • 3rd Battalion (former 10th Jats) (Battle of Dogri)
  • 4th Battalion
  • 5th Battalion (Phillora Captors)
  • 6th Battalion
  • 7th Battalion (former 11th Jat)
  • 8th Battalion
  • 9th Battalion
  • 11th Battalion
  • 12th Battalion
  • 14th Battalion
  • 15th Battalion
  • 16th Battalion
  • 17th Battalion (Kargil)
  • 18th Battalion
  • 19th Battalion
  • 20th Battalion
  • 21st Battalion
  • 22nd Battalion
  • 23rd Battalion
  • 5th Battalion of the Rastriya Rifles
  • 34th Battalion of the Rastriya Rifles
  • 45th Battalion of the Rastriya Rifles
  • 61st Battalion of the Rastriya Rifles
  • 114 Infantry Battalion (TA) Jat
  • 151 Infantry Battalion (TA) Jat

In 1979 the 1st Battalion was converted to the 2nd Battalion Mechanised Infantry Regiment

Gallantry awards[edit]

Battle honours[edit]



Unit Citations[edit]

When a unit is decorated for counter-insurgency operations, unit citations are given instead of battle or theatre honours.

  • 4th battalion, Nagaland 1995
  • 7th battalion, J&K 1997, J&K 2003 & Operation Rhino 2016
  • 11th battalion, Operation Rakshak 2011
  • 34th battalion Rashtriya Rifles, J&K 1997
  • 17th battalion, Operation Vijay 1999
  • 16th battalion, Operation Rakshak 2005 & 2011
  • 21st battalion, Operation Rhino 2009
  • 22nd Battalion (JAGUARS), Operation Rakshak 2018

Victoria Cross[edit]

Maha Vir Chakra[edit]

Vir Chakra[edit]

  • Brig. Umesh Singh Bawa, 17 Jat, Kargil 1999
  • Lt. Col Raj Kumar Suri,4 Jat,1971 war [15]
  • Maj. Harish Chandra Sharma,4 Jat 1971 war [16]
  • Maj. Narain Singh,4 Jat 1971 war [17]
  • Maj. Deepak Rampal, 17 Jat, Kargil 1999
  • Havildar Kumar Singh Sogarwal, 17 Jat, Kargil 1999
  • Havildar Shish Ram Gill, 8 Jat, Kargil 1999
  • Sep Dharajit Singh Chahar,4 Jat,1988
  • Sub (later Capt.) Pahlad Singh, 2 Jat,1971 war


Ashok Chakra[edit]


  • The Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar - 2010 (Organisation Category) was awarded to 21st Battalion, the Jat Regiment.[22]
  • The launch of the 'Maujiram helpline' by the Jat Regiment Centre in June 2013.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Army's Jat Regiment Best Marching Contingent in Republic Day 2007 Parade | India Defence Archived 2007-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Army's Jat Regiment Best Marching Contingent in Republic Day 2007 Parade | India Defence http://www.dsalert.org/gallantry-awards/shaurya-chakra
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2011-01-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
  4. ^ Cornwell, Richard (2012-02-28). "2 ANTI-TANK REGIMENT, SAA -TANK AND ANTI-TANK IN THE WESTERN DESERT, 1940-1942 (PART IV)". Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies. 6 (4). doi:10.5787/6-4-845. ISSN 2224-0020.
  5. ^ The Times History of the War: The Battlefield of Europe. Woodward & Van Slyke
  6. ^ a b "The valiant Jat soldier - The Tribute". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  7. ^ Dalrymple (2013), pp.444–445
  8. ^ "britishbattles.com". Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2007.
  9. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/india
  10. ^ "Official Website of Indian Army". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  11. ^ a b We Were There - Medals and Awards - Victoria Cross Winners
  12. ^ Risaldar Badlu Singh, VC Archived July 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ https://indianarmy.nic.in/Site/FormTemplete/frmTempSimple.aspx?MnId=C5TdyeWffP2/tmR3bzquSw==&ParentID=dSCH+6YL1sRl4Mp6nMRetg==&flag=8CKP966uzg96kLov0aWdfQ==
  14. ^ https://www.honourpoint.in/profile/captain-kapil-singh-thapa-mvc
  15. ^ http://gallantryawards.gov.in/Awardee/raj-kumar-suri
  16. ^ http://gallantryawards.gov.in/Awardee/harish-chandra-sharma
  17. ^ http://gallantryawards.gov.in/Awardee/narain-singh
  18. ^ http://gallantryawards.gov.in/Awardee/dharajit-singh-chahar
  19. ^ https://www.honourpoint.in/profile/major-sudhir-kumar-walia
  20. ^ http://gallantryawards.gov.in/Awardee/jojan-thomas
  21. ^ http://gallantryawards.gov.in/Awardee/dinesh-raghu-raman
  22. ^ Press Trust of India (19 February 2014). "Jat Regiment's battalion gets environment award". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  23. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/National-helpline-for-soldiers-Army-widows/articleshow/29729885.cms

Further reading[edit]

  • War Services of the 9th Jat Regiment by Lieutenant Colonel W. L. Hailes details the military history of the Jat Regiment and of the Jat people between 1893 and 1937.

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