Monrovia — President George Weah has instructed graduates of the Class 09th Recruits, the first batch of new infantrymen to emerge from the recruitment power that the Armed Forces of Liberia is, and stays, a pressure for just right, one thing he stated will have to be withheld.
“Our soldiers must be seen as soldiers of the people as they perform their duties. Let me assure you that my Government is committed to providing, as much as is possible within our budgetary constraints, all of the necessary support to ensure that the Armed Forces of Liberia is, and remains, a Force for Good,” Pres. Weah stated.
Commander-in-Chief in his Armed Forces Day message on February 11, 2022, ordered that 1,000 further infantrymen be recruited into the Liberian Armed Forces to increase the energy of the Force.
The commencement rite marked the finishing touch of over 12 weeks of intense Initial Entry Training (IET) carried out at the Tubman Military Academy, Camp Todee, Montserrado County. The IET used to be meant to change into the recruited civilians into army body of workers.
After 12 weeks of extensive coaching, the Armed Forces of Liberia on Thursday graduated the first batch of 176 recruits, consisting of 56 women and 120 men, whilst 24 officials applicants are nonetheless present process coaching.
President Weah stated the recruitment procedure will proceed due to this fact in 2023 as the nation’s fiscal house will magnify.
He added: “It is, therefore, with great pleasure that I have joined you here today for the graduation program of the Class 09th Recruits, who are the first batch of new soldiers to emerge from the recruitment drive”.
“Since my inauguration as president of the Republic of Liberia and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia in January 2018, this is the first recruit’s graduation program being held under my Government,” he stated.
The ultimate recruit coaching workout, in accordance to the report of the Armed Forces of Liberia, used to be carried out in 2013, 9 years in the past.
The Class 08th Recruits graduated at the Tubman Military and Training Academy, Camp Todee, Montserrado County. Since that point, the Armed Forces of Liberia has been not able to hang next recruits coaching, due to what is alleged to be budgetary constraints.
President Weah stated his executive has ensured common increments in the finances of the Ministry of National Defense over the years.
He added: “Today, I join our citizens in acknowledgment and appreciation of the loyalty, dedication, and commitment of the gallant men and women of the graduating Class 09, and all those serving in the Liberian Armed Forces in our country. Our country salutes you, as heroes and heroines of our time.”
The recruitment procedure in accordance to the President represents a geographical stability of Liberia and used to be carried out at 4 strategic and geographical places (Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Grand Gedeh, and Maryland Counties.
The President extends his gratitude to the 24 Officer Candidates provide who’re with us nowadays, who’re nonetheless present process coaching at the Officer Candidate School at Tubman Military Academy in CampTodee.
“I encourage you to remain focused and persevere through your military career as you learn to lead by example,” he stated.
President Proud of AFL
Also, at one level, President Weah expressed pleasure over what he phrases a superb efficiency from the Armed Forces of Liberia on a international undertaking
“I am particularly proud of the AFL’s contribution to the UN Missions in Mali, South Sudan, the Republic of Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” he stated.
PresidentWeah added: “I also wish to thank our Partners – the United States Government, the Peoples’ Republic of China, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Republic of Ghana, and the Arab Republic of Egypt and other partners for their continuous support to the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia.”
“To our graduating Class 09 of the Armed Forces of Liberia, we salute and thank you for your voluntary service to our nation. You have demonstrated a keen sense of patriotism and regimentation as servicemen bearing the flag that binds us together as a country. Despite the numerous challenges you face, you have stayed the course and have remained committed to endeavoring through the first phase of training. We inspire you to withstand the next phase of your Advance Individual Training.”