Friday, April 21, 2006

Afghan Update

Obtained at Trainees Graduate from Basic Training, Become Afghanistan National Military Academy Cadets
By Capt. Junel Jeffrey, Office of Security Cooperation – Afghanistan,
Human Resources Division

KABUL , Afghanistan – Though the day was cold and rainy, 260 trainees at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan did not allow the weather to put a damper on their hopes for a brighter future.

Distinguished guests from the Afghan National Army, Coalition forces and academy staff gathered March 20 to watch the trainees graduate from basic training, formally becoming academy cadets.

“I am the honest and legal son of the people of Afghanistan,” cadets said as they recited the academy’s oath. “By entering the Army, I swear to be a well-disciplined student, to defend the territory, integrity, national sovereignty and values of Afghanistan.”

More than 1,000 high school students from various provinces across Afghanistan vied for the opportunity to join the ranks of cadets at the four-year institution. Following a medical assessment, an interview and a challenging exam prepared by Kabul University , the academy’s faculty narrowed its selection to 260 applicants.

Cadet Gujer Khan Fakermand, a second-year academy student, was encouraged by his family to join the academy to seek more opportunities than his small community of Kuner had to offer.

“I want to serve my country because it is in need of rehabilitation,” Fakermand said. “The young generation has to study and work for our country. NMAA is a liberal place that belongs to members of every ethnic group in Afghanistan. My goal is to graduate and serve my dear country.”

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