Sec­ond in­take of the year be­gins train­ing

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

At 7am sharp, the new re­cruits walked through the Luqa Bar­racks gates for their first time as mem­bers of the AFM – a sight which will last for the next eigh­teen weeks of their train­ing.

This is the sec­ond in­take for the year 2016 fol­low­ing last Au­gust’s pass­ing out pa­rade, where seventy-two re­cruits suc­cess­fully com­pleted their ini­tial train­ing. This new in­take con­sists of sixty-eight re­cruits, five of who are fe­male. Four­teen re­cruits are from Gozo.

The Train­ing School team within the 4 Reg­i­ment will, over the com­ing weeks, test the re­cruits’ strength of char­ac­ter, team qual­i­ties, lead­er­ship, mo­ti­va­tion, and de­ter­mi­na­tion. All re­cruits will also be re­quired to ad­here to strict rules of hy­giene and or­der-of-dress.

They will be ex­ten­sively trained in weapons-han­dling skills, marks­man­ship, cer­e­mo­nial drill, first aid, map read­ing and var­i­ous other sub­jects. Mil­i­tary law, in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law, mil­i­tary ethos, ra­dio voice pro­ce­dure and var­i­ous other life skills will also be taught.

Once the re­cruits achieve the re­quired stan­dards, they will be called on to per­form the for­mal pass­ing-out pa­rade, which will crown their tran­si­tion from civil­ian to sol­dier. They will later on be posted to the var­i­ous units of the AFM ac­cord­ing to the ex­i­gen­cies of the ser­vice, whether on land, sea or in the air.

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