[caption id="attachment_874315" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-874315" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/MS-Dhoni-Indian-Army_AFP-Resized-1.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="329" /> MS Dhoni was accorded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. He is also a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ms-dhoni%e2%80%8b">Mahendra Singh Dhoni</a>, an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, joined Army troops in the militancy-infested south Kashmir region on Wednesday to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ms-dhoni-assigned-patrolling-guard-duty-in-kashmir-as-part-of-training-with-parachute-regiment-872012">carry out patrolling, guard duties</a> and similar responsibilities just like other soldiers. <p></p> <p></p>The former <a href="http://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">Indian</a> cricket team captain will be staying with his 106 TA Battalion (Para) till 15 August and under take duties with the troops, Army officials said. <p></p> <p></p>"Lt Col Dhoni arrived here today and has joined his unit," one of the officials said. The unit is deployed in the militancy-infested south Kashmir region as part of Victor Force. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/this-step-will-work-as-inspiration-for-many-young-people-of-the-country-gautam-gambhir-kapil-dev-hail-ms-dhonis-decision-to-serve-indian-army-872462">This step will work as inspiration for many young people of the country: Gambhir, Kapil hail Dhoni's decision to serve Indian Army</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>The 38-year-old World Cup winning captain's two-week stint with his unit was approved by the Army headquarters last week on Dhoni's request. <p></p> <p></p>Dhoni was accorded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. He is also a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps. <p></p> <p></p>The wicket-keeper-batsman has been conferred the Padma Bhushan, the country's third highest civilian award, by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/this-man-is-an-inspiration-west-indies-sheldon-cottrell-tweets-video-of-ms-dhoni-receiving-padma-bhushan-873175">'This man is an inspiration': West Indies' Sheldon Cottrell tweets video of MS Dhoni receiving Padma Bhushan</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Amid mounting speculation around his international retirement after India's semi-final exit from the 2019 World Cup, Dhoni had told the Board of Control for Cricket in India he will take a two-month sabbatical from the game to serve his parachute regiment. <p></p> <p></p>Dhoni had made himself "unavailable" for India's tour of West Indies but ruled out immediate retirement a day before the selectors met in Mumbai to pick the squads for the West Indies tour, starting on 3 August. <p></p> <p></p>The Territorial Army is a part of the Army. Its role is to relieve the regular Army from static duties and assist civil administration in dealing with natural calamities and maintenance of essential services.