Sword of Honor
The Sword of Honour is an honorary sword awarded to that “Gentleman Cadet” or “Gentlewoman Cadet” who achieves an overall best performance during his or her entire training period at the Pakistan Military Academy
Pakistan Military Academy
The Pakistan Military Academy is a four-year coeducational federal service military academy. It is located at Kakul near Abbottabad in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan....

 at Kakul
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, the Pakistan Air Force Academy
Pakistan Air Force Academy
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 at Risalpur
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, or the Pakistan Naval Academy
Pakistan Naval Academy
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 at Karachi
Karachi is the largest city, main seaport and the main financial centre of Pakistan, as well as the capital of the province of Sindh. The city has an estimated population of 13 to 15 million, while the total metropolitan area has a population of over 18 million...

. The award of a Sword of Honour is regarded as a significant honour by the officers of the Armed Forces of Pakistan
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 and many cadets aspire to win it.

This award is usually presented at the final passing out ceremony, which takes place every year at the parade grounds of the respective Academies. Usually, the President of Pakistan
President of Pakistan
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personally confers this honour.

First Woman Cadet to receive Sword of Honour

On 22 September 2006, aviation cadet Saira Amin became the first female cadet in the history of Pakistan's Armed Forces to win the award when she was presented with the Sword of Honour at the Passing-Out Parade of the 117th GD Pilot Course.
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