31 May 2018. Three Hundred and Twenty-Eight (328) recruits have passed-out at the Army Recruits Training School (ARTS), Shai Hills on Thursday May 31, 2018 after undergoing a six-month Basic Infantry Training Course (BITC) 2/2017.
The recruits, made up of 33 females and 295 males climaxed their six-months training with a parade characterized by spectacular military drills, movements and display much to the admiration of all the guests as well as families and relatives of the recruits.
The objective of the training was to transform the recruits, test their mental strength, physical fitness, endurance, patience and discipline in order to bring them the standards required by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
The Commander, Army Training Command (ATRAC), Brigadier General Moses Mohammed Aryee who reviewed the parade emphasized that the Armed Forces have standards with regards to medical and physical fitness, discipline and mental aptitude which must be demonstrated by all its members. He however noted that 17 recruits were dismissed because they failed the Basic Fitness Test (BFT); a requirement necessary for every soldier.
He urged recruits to make good use of every learning opportunity as they would soon be required to pass promotional exams in order to progress to the next higher rank. He therefore stated that the onus lied on recruits to improve themselves as they progressed in the Army.
He called on young soldiers to be loyal to the constitution of the country, the Ghana Armed Forces and their superior officers. He added that the Military High Command detests unwarranted confrontations between military personnel and personnel of other security agencies.
Brig Gen MM Aryee also commended the Commanding Officer of ARTS Lt Col Elvis Larbi Sarpong Gyadu and the instructors for transforming these young men and women into smart young soldiers.
Prizes were presented to two recruits who excelled in various fields. Recruit Warrant Officer Class One Squire Mercy Dede was the best in academics, best female recruit and the overall best recruit while recruit Regimental Sergeant Major Zita Frimpong won the best in drill award.