33 Armoured Vehicles For The Military

President Akufo-Addo responding to cheers from family members of the graduating officers.

Government has
procured and presented 33 new armoured vehicles to the Ghana Armed Forces
(GAF).

President Akufo-Addo,
who made the disclosure yesterday, said “this is part of
efforts to retool the Armed Forces to enable them to fight terrorist threat and
protect the territorial integrity of the country.”

He made the remarks
during the commissioning of 132 officers into the Armed Forces at a colourful
ceremony held at the parade ground of the Ghana Military Academy at Teshie in
Accra.

He promised to continuously provide the military with the necessary resources so they can perform their traditional roles.

President Akufo-Addo presenting the All Round Best Officer cardet in
the Military Career in Regular Career to Senior Under Officer (SUO)
to Bernard Nketia at the ceremon
y

As Commander-in-Chief
of the Armed Forces, he charged the graduating officers to strive to keep the
name and image of the Ghana Armed Forces in high esteem.

He said, “Ghana occupies
a very respectable and envious position on the world stage and it is regarded
as the beacon of stability on the continent as well as enjoying the pride of
place in the area of peacekeeping.”

“You are, thus, to
guard yourselves against acts that are likely to bring the name of our beloved
country and the image of the Ghana Armed Forces into disrepute,” he added.

“Your actions should
be to enhance or at the very least maintain the standards set by predecessor
generations of officers of the Armed Forces,” he stressed.

He cautioned the newly
commissioned officers to be mindful of the fact that their military uniforms
were not meant to intimidate civilians but for their protection and for
securing the territorial integrity of the nation.

At the end of the
day, Barnette Nketiah was adjudged the best all-round officer Cadet of regular
career course 59. He was given the sword of honour, while the Chief of the Air
Staff award went to CSM Buerno, with the Chief of the Naval Staff award
(Sextant award) going to JUO Sarpong.

The Chief of Army
Staff award went to SUO Nketiah, while the Chief of Defence Staff award was
picked by JUO Abuyah.

The Ghana Military
Academy is one of the training schools under the Military Academy and Training
Schools (MATS) as a unit. It is solely responsible for the training of officers
for commissioning into the Ghana Armed Forces services – Ghana Army, Ghana Navy
and the Ghana Air Force.

Entrance to the
academy is by examination, and the curriculum includes military and general
subjects. Duration of the course for army cadets is two years.

At the end of the
first six months, a few candidates may be selected to finish their studies at
foreign institutions such as the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in
Britain.

The Ghana Military
Academy was established in 1960 as the Regular Officers’ Training School which
trained both Ghanaian and Nigerian officer cadets who furthered their training
at Sandhurst.

While some cadets
pass out as regular officers, others do so as short service commissioned
officers for careers in the various departments of the military such as
engineering, medical, nursing and others.

Armoured cars are used by the RECCE Regiment — the No 1 Recce at Burma Camp in Accra and No 2 in Sunyani.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu, Presidential Correspondent

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