His Majesty graces Royal Bhutan Army recruits passing out parade
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.