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Military recruits graduate in Gambia and gets President Yammeh’s blessing

Posted by African Press International on March 31, 2007

Banjul (The Gambia) The largest number of new recruits into the Gambian armed forces graduated Friday at the July 22nd Square in Banjul at a well attended ceremony presided over by President Yahya Jammeh.

The recruits, who numbered 573 ; 27 of them women, will be deployed to the different services namely, the army, the navy and the National Guard.

At a ceremony attended by the Vice President and other members of the government as well as members of the diplomatic corps, President Jammeh stressed the importance of discipline and the maintenance of high moral and professional standards in the military.

Noting that in the absence of peace there can be no development, he told the graduants that his government will continue to give high priority to defence. He told them that as soldiers they were the ambassadors of peace and a strengthened democracy in the country.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Colonel Lang Tombong Tamba, stated that the 573 recruits received basic training which marked the end of the process of their transformation from civilian to military life.

The training process, which he described as an initiation into “militaryhood” covered various fields ranging from military warfare tactics, paramilitary duties, basic first aid, urban operations, arms and foot drill, weapon handling, communications, map reading, physical training, peace support operations and administration.

According to Col. Tamba, the Gambia armed forces believe in being well disciplined, well trained and fit soldiers, which he said was why some of the recruits whose performance during training fell below the acceptable standards were discharged.

Col. Tamba added that as continuous professional development is the foundation of any modern military, the soldiers will continue to receive further training to enhance their professionalism and prepare them for deployment within and outside the sub-region in the service of peace.

He thanked President Jammeh for among other things creating a child welfare account from nursery to high school for the children of officers who lost their lives while in active service. He also thanked the governments of Great Britain, the USA, France and Turkey for contributing to the training of the Gambia armed forces.

The best three recruits from each of the three batches which were trained as well as the overall best female recruit were promoted to the rank of lance corporal and decorated accordingly by President Jammeh.


Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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