20 Dec 2014 12:10pm
ONDANGWA, 20 DEC (NAMPA) A total of 990 cadets graduated from the Oluno Military Base here on Friday.
They were part of the 12th intake of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), and completed a six-month training course which started in June.
Ninety-nine of the graduates are females.
The 2014 intake comprised of 2 000 recruits - 1 001 at Oluno, and 999 at the Osona Military School in Okahandja.
Only 975 recruits graduated from the Osona Base on Monday.
Speaking during the passing-out parade here, NDF Brigadier-General Wilbard Shikongo said of the 1 001 recruits at Oluno, 11 were disqualified due to various reasons ranging from ill health, criminal activities and some withdrew themselves.
The training covered basic military subjects required to become professional soldiers.
It also covered 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 said.
One of the successful graduands, Musweu Harmony said military training is difficult without first-hand personal experience which brought them fear, sadness and happiness amongst others.
At the beginning there was much fear installed as one approached the main gate of Oluno Base. We met a lot of men with war faces, shouting at us left, right and centre, thus many of us were confused, he said.
Harmony added that waking up at night for roll-calls and making beds in the morning was unbearable for most of them, but they all picked up their morale with songs and did what was required of them.
It was not a walk in the park for our instructors to bring us at this stage, he stated.
Go hard or go home has been their motto for the six months, and they lived up to it to become soldiers of Namibia, said Harmony.
We promise to be tough, act by the rules and follow in the footsteps of our seniors, he said.