Only the disciplined and dedicated make it: Angula
20 Dec 2014 13:40pm
ONDANGWA, 20 DEC (NAMPA) - Minister of Defence (NDF) Nahas Angula has expressed disappointment that some recruits could not complete their training due to various reasons, ranging from ill-health, resignation to forgery.
Angula was speaking here on Friday during the passing-out parade of the 12th recruit training at the Oluno Military Base.
The 2014 intake comprised of 2 000 recruits - 1 001 at Oluno, and 999 at the Osona Military School in Okahandja.
A total of 990 cadets graduated from Oluno on Friday, while 975 recruits graduated from the Osona on Monday.
Namibia cannot afford to have its young people involved in criminality, because that does not only deny them the opportunity to be recruited into the Defence Force but also limits their chances of getting employment elsewhere, he said.
The minister noted that he made it clear when he opened the training this year that only those who are disciplined and dedicated will make it, saying: those that heeded my advice at the beginning of the training are now graduating, so congratulations.
He reminded the new soldiers that the defences vision is to develop and maintain a small, highly mobile and professional force which excels in service through discipline, possession of modern armament and ready to defend and guarantee the security of the motherland.
Angula added that achieving the NDFs vision and mission requires quality soldiers who will always be guided by the principles of patriotism and professionalism.