Don't join the military for money: Shikongo

15 Dec 2014 18:20pm
OKAHANDJA, 15 DEC (NAMPA) – Those who joined the military as an employment opportunity will have difficult days ahead, the Commandant of the Osona Military School, Brigadier-General Wilbard Shikongo says.
“Life as a soldier is not easy and the collective goal of those of us charged with your training has been to make sure that you understand that,” he said during the passing-out parade of the 12th Recruit Training Intake here on Monday.
A total of 975 recruits - 879 male and 96 female - graduated.
The six-month training covered basic military subjects and specialised training, including civic training, HIV/Aids and gender-awareness.
“The aim of including these subjects is to produce responsible soldiers who are ready to defend the territorial integrity of Namibia, instilling in them the spirit of patriotism and selflessness in securing our hard won freedom, peace and independence,” he explained.
Shikongo advised the new soldiers to draw strength from their families, saying: “Your family will often be your greatest strength”.
He also reminded them that the life they have chosen is neither risk-free nor always easy, “but in the humble opinion of this proud grunt it has always been a life worth living”.
Meanwhile, about 1001 recruits are expected to graduate at the Oluno Military School on Friday.