By: Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja
The Chief of Staff of the Army, Lieutenant General. Tukur Buratai has said that all the army recruits currently in training in the Falgore forest in Kano state will be sent to the Sambisa forest at the end of their training.
This is just as he said that the Nigerian Army will maintain rigor in its recruitment processes to ensure that only qualified individuals are recruited from now on.
Buratai made the remarks during the final selection of 80 regular recruits at the Falgore forest training camp on Monday in Kano state.
He said the exercise was a new approach to the Nigerian army’s recruitment and selection process, noting that it was driven by the need to recruit the best.
The Army Chief noted that the lessons learned from experiences in the field had made it imperative to hire the best, saying the flawed process could lead to “flawed training and subsequently flawed operations.”
Emphasizing that the Nigerian military is not ready for that again, Buratai said: “As such, you must make the decision that you are ready to serve your country as a soldier and you must be ready, wherever you are deployed, after your death. outside.
“You will all go to Sambisa at the end of your warehouse training.
“If you are not ready to move to Sambisa and other parts of the country, and of course, our border areas to defend our country from any act of aggression, then you have not started.
“It is not too late yet, if you have any doubts if you are not ready for discipline and loyalty at some point then you can stand up and go.
“There is no place for laziness and indiscipline in the military and there is no place for pretending,” he said.
COAS promised that all evaluations for recruitment, selection and commissioning would be carried out from now on in the Falgore forest.
“This is where we will select those who will become cadets and will also be trained as officers because, at the end of all training, officers and soldiers will operate together under the same condition.
“As such, everyone must go through a similar recruitment and selection process.”
Remember that 6,000 applicants, hailing from all 36 states, have taken exams at the new boot camp to enlist in the military.
At the end of the final fitness test, which involves a 20-kilometer run for women and 30 kilometers for men, the selected candidates will head to the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, for training.