23 Oct 2016 15:40pm
RUNDU, 23 OCT (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob wants to see greater representation of women at all levels in the Namibia Defence Force (NDF).
The Head of State made the statement at the intake of 42 cadets into the NDF here on Friday.
Only four are women.
I am sure that if we all make a concerted effort in motivating and encouraging female soldiers, we will give more young women the confidence to join the army, navy and air force, Geingob said.
He challenged more women to join the NDF and urged those already in the force to aim as high as possible, and assume key positions and command appointments.
The commander in chief of the NDF said the regular commissioning training is designed to transform and equip cadet officers with necessary military skills, knowledge and behaviours befitting an NDF officer.
This, he said, should allow the officers to in future be able to train, educate and lead a platoon in the NDF during war and in time of peace.
The curriculum covered basic soldiering skills, conventional warfare, low intensity operations, and leadership and administration to mould and develop students as knowledgeable military officers, capable of steering the NDF to even higher heights.
Geingob said the course was conducted under syllabi that were harmonised by the NDF and military training teams from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania.
Such cooperation goes a long way in not only strengthening the already solid bilateral relations between Namibia and these countries, but it further strengthens our efforts towards greater SADC regional integration, the President said.