May 16, 2011, 12:50 PM
We recall that before 1981 the
After this unexpected attack, the government embarked upon recruiting young men for the army and planned a military programme for them. The Senegalese remained in The Gambia for a few years and continued to assist us in the training programme. Since then the armed forces have made tremendous strides and we now have a naval force also the military have been fortunate to have training had from the Turkish, British and American forces.
Gambian soldiers have
performed well that they have been chosen for peace-keeping activities in
They have served competently in all these places and have
About five to ten years ago the army decided to recruit women into the armed forces. Women have settled down well and are holding their positions with the men performing equally as well as them the public was proud and impressed with the performance of the armed forces on parade during the recent 43rdanniversary of our independence on February 18th2008. They were fantastic and displayed much passion and discipline as they marched accompanied by the police band and carrying out the formation. They were innovative and pleased the audience who reacted with loud applause they must have had regional training from their senior office. We say bravo to the armed forces generally for the skills displayed in formation marching. Hats off to the female soldiers some of whom have attained senior posts in the army and are performing as well as their male colleagues. We give credit to the officers who must have spent much time and patience with the soldiers to get them to a high standard of proficiency. We salute them and are proud of them.