His Majesty graces Royal Bhutan Army re­cruits pass­ing out pa­rade

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tion, and es­pe­cially for hav­ing achieved suc­cess and ac­co­lades for their ser­vice un­der the Com­mand of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Ex­press­ing the hope that the Armed Forces of Bhutan would con­tinue to serve the coun­try as im­pec­ca­bly in times to come, His Majesty de­scribed the grow­ing role of the Royal Bhutan Army.

Be­sides their fore­most du­ties to pro­tect the bound­aries of our sa­cred na­tion, His Majesty said that the armed forces have been prompt in res­cue, re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts dur­ing var­i­ous nat­u­ral dis­as­ters within the coun­try. When earth­quakes struck Eastern Bhutan in 2009 and Western Bhutan in 2011, and dur­ing the fires in Wam­rong and Chamkhar towns, the army ren­dered the great­est sup­port to the peo­ple, help­ing in re­build­ing homes.

The armed forces must sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tivi- ties for the ben­e­fit and wel­fare of the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties, and in strength­en­ing the econ­omy of the coun­try, His Majesty said. Bhutan’s armed forces have also be­gun play­ing an in­ter­na­tional role, as part of the United Na­tions Peace­keep­ing Force be­gin­ning last year.

An ex­am­ple of the sup­port by armed forces to de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties is the as­sis­tance pro­vided to the Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion to carry out land sur­veys for the sec- ond round of the Na­tion­wide Cadas­tral Resur­vey, as part of His Majesty’s Land Re­form Ex­er­cise. The sec­ond round of His Majesty’s land kidu, to in­clude all those who were omit­ted in the first round, has al­ready be­gun.

His Majesty also said that the wel­fare of the armed forces and their fam­i­lies are al­ways in His Majesty’s mind.

The 415 re­cruits have un­der­gone a year long train­ing at the Mil­i­tary Train­ing Cen­tre in Ten­chol­ing, and will now join the Royal Bhutan Army and Royal Body Guards as sol­diers of the Bhutanese armed forces. The event was at­tended by the Prime Min­is­ter, cab­i­net, and se­nior gov­ern­ment and armed force of­fi­cers.

The In­dian Am­bas­sador, DAN­TAK Cheif Engi­neer, and IM­TRAT Com­man­dant also at­tended.

In the af­ter­noon, His Majesty vis­ited the on­go­ing Wang­due Dzong re­con­struc­tion.

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