Passing Out Parade for 72 new soldiers, including 10 Gozitans
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Yesterday evening, the Armed Forces of Malta ceremoniously welcomed seventy two new soldiers following a successful four month recruitment program. The seventy two recruits include nine females and ten Gozitans.
Eighty one recruits commenced their military experience in April, following a call for enlistment, as published in the Government Gazette on the 19th June 2015.
The seventy two successful recruits proudly displayed the skills they learned throughout their recruitment programme during the Passing Out Parade.
In his speech, Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta, Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi praised the work conducted by AFM training staff, without whom, this could have never been a success.
Over the past months, the AFM invested significantly in training its personnel enabling further career advancements in the AFM. He also thanked the recruits for their dedication and perseverance and also thanked their families and friends for their support.
Before being given the privilege to train as recruits, all candidates who applied underwent an extensive filtering process consisting of a physical fitness assessment, an interview and a complete medical examination. Those chosen underwent an intensive recruitment regime consisting of eighteen weeks of basic military training.
The Passing Out Parade signifies the attainment of the required standard necessary to prepare each soldier for the demands of military life. Training School staff, under the guidance of the Training Branch and the fourth Regiment, put all recruits through numerous tests to evaluate the strength of character, team spirit, motivation and determination.
All recruits went through extensive training in weapon handling skills, marksmanship and ceremonial drill, first aid and map reading and various other subjects. Military Law, International Humanitarian Law, Military Ethos, Radio Voice Procedure and various other life skills were also taught.
They will now be posted to the various units of the AFM according to the exigencies of the service, whether on land, at sea or in the air.