Maj Gen Charles Awity has assumed command as the first commandant of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA). The transfer of authority and taking over ceremony was held at the GMA Square on Thursday 8 September 2022 at Whistler Barracks in Teshie.

In his speech, the Commandant stated that on 19 February 2020, he took over command as the 54th Commandant of the then Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), which was mandated to train, mentor and empower members of GAF to enable them perform their duties as required by the Constitution of the Republic.

He used the opportunity to charge personnel to equip themselves with the competencies required to deal with the emerging trends and innovations associated with contemporary militaries all over the world. He also reminded personnel to improve on their efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism by seizing every unique opportunity they got to gather new ideas and learn new skills for improved performance in support of Command operations.

Maj Gen Awity commended all the schools he superintended over at MATS for the strides made in enhancing their curriculum and gaining accreditation with various academic bodies and institutions. “I am particularly glad leaving with the assurance that our personnel who come on courses or train will not only obtain military certification, but also have competitive civilian educational certificates that will make them competent to equally compete on the open job market especially on retirement”, he reiterated.

He again applauded the military hierarchy for their foresight and ingenuity in kick starting the re-organization and expansion of the Ghana Armed Forces which has led to the promulgation of new Commands, Formations and Units including TRADOC.

He thanked the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Chief of Staff for his appointment. He further commended the immediate past Commander of GMA, Brig Gen Adu Brempong and the entire staff for the wonderful work done over the period. He thanked officers, instructors, men and women including civilian staff of the Formation for their dedication, devotion and commitment in the discharge of their duties.


In an earlier ceremony, the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) was re-designated as Ghana Armed Forces Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). The inaugural ceremony was held at the forecourt of TRADOC Headquarters, Whistler Barracks in Teshie.

The ceremony was characterised by the lowering of the MATS flag and hoisting of the TRADOC flag and the unveiling of the TRADOC logo.

The Deputy Commandant of TRADOC, Brig Gen Lawrence Kwaku Selorm Gbetanu received the Barton of leadership from the outgoing commandant. He will serve as the acting commandant until a substantive commandant is appointed.