By Kofi Ampeah Woode
Photos By 2 Garrison PR
As part of the process to clear a backlog of 1,780 recruits since 2017, the Ghana Army has passed-out the second batch of three hundred and fourteen (314) more young men and women, after they had undergone basic and comprehensive military training (BASIC INFANTRY TRAINING COURSE 2/2020 – BITC 2/2020) for six months.
The second batch of new young soldiers, passed out on Friday, 21st May, 2021, at the Two Battalion of Infantry’s (2Bn) Apambire Square, Myohaung Barracks, after being trained at the Air Force Recruit Training School (AFRTS) and the Myohaung Barracks, Takoradi.
It would be recalled that on 19th October, 2020, the Army commenced a process to clear a backlog of 1780 applicants, categorizing them into five batches, then sequentially training them at the Army Training School (ARTS), Jungle Warfare School (JWS), Armour Training School (ATS), Air Force Recruit Training School (AFRTS) and the Daboya Training School (DTS), with the first batch commencing training on Monday, 26 October 2020 and 717 since passing out on 30 April, 2021.
A total of three hundred and twenty-one (321) – 122 males and 199 females – recruits reported to be trained at AFRTS, however, some could not pass out, due to medical reasons, others were released for indiscipline, whilst one Recruit – Private Ayee Ayitey Harry – died in the first week of training, on Friday, 13th November 2020.
The trainees underwent tutelage in Physical Training, Minor Tactics, Weapon Training, Drill, Military Law, Map Reading, Field Craft, First Aid and Liberal Education among others and also benefited from other enablers, which contributed towards their morale and performance.
The Reviewing Officer for the Parade and Assistant Commandant, Junior Division, Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Albert Kwadwo Dawohoso, urged the new young soldiers, some of whom struggled to pass their Basic Fitness Test (BFT), and others with their written exams, not to think that passing out marks the end of their struggle, as there are more career courses and tests ahead.
Brig Gen Dawohoso further advised the young soldiers to take advantage of the abundant resources and measures in place within GAF, and tap in for their self-development and carefully plan their career courses, as they learn from Officers, Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers.
He finally charged them to be mindful that; being a soldier does not place them above the laws of the country, but rather makes them subservient to the Armed Forces Regulations, in addition to the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
With the Awards, Private (Pte) Dowuona Samuel Nortey won Best in Drill, Pte Ayitey Dede Joan won Best Female, Pte Mohammed Issifu Bayorwor – Best in Academics and Overall Best Recruit, while Alpha Coy was the Best Company.
Dignitaries present included a representative of the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command (WNC) and Commander, 2 Garrison – Commodore Samuel Walker, Commander, Army Training Command – Brig Gen Winfred Dzandu-Heddidor, Base Commander, Air Force Base, Takoradi – Air Commodore Eric Agyen-Frempong and the Commanding Officer (CO), 2Bn – Lieutenant Colonel Abass Atuluk.