,The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has stated that recruitment into the Nigerian Army should not be perceived as employment opportunity, as is the case in other conventional endeavours of life, but call to duty.
He made the observation on Saturday shortly before flagging off a 10km endurance run for candidates undergoing screening to qualify for the 84 Regular Recruits Intake into the Nigerian Army (NA) at the Nigerian Army Battle Fitness Centre (NABFC) in Falgore Forest, Kano State.
In a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS explained that unlike other professions, recruitment into the Army is a national call to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria and, therefore, requires citizens who are not only physically and medically fit, but also mentally and emotionally stable.
He noted that it is not a job opportunity, but a call to national service, as it requires selflessness and if need be, the supreme sacrifice, stressing that it is not an all comers’ affair.
He, therefore, advised the candidates to take the screening exercise seriously, as only the best will emerge in the final enlistment.
The COAS also admonished personnel conducting the screening exercise to protect their integrity by avoiding any form of compromise.
Speaking during a brief on the ongoing Screening Exercise to the COAS, the Chief of Administration (Army), Maj. Gen. Wilson Ali, stated that the progressive provision of infrastructure, such as electricity, portable water, upgrade of medical centre, dormitories and lavatories in the centre, enabled a conducive environment to effectively conduct the exercise.
He assured the COAS of a hitch-free screening exercise.
The COAS later embarked on a tour of the facility and paid a visit to candidates, who were receiving attention at the medical centre.
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