A total of 718 Army recruits have been inducted into the Army Recruits Training School (ARTS) at Shai-Hills with a call on them to be devoted to the profession during an Induction Religious Parade for Basic Infantry Training Course 1/ 2020 on Sunday, 10 January 2020.
The Director, Army Training, Colonel Frank Nartey Tei noted that an induction parade is an important occasion when new recruits are, accepted into the school and by extension the Ghana Army.
According to him parents, guardians, and friends of recruits were not invited to witness the induction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He therefore urged the recruits to adhere to all safety protocols to avoid contracting the disease.
Col Nartey Tei said the military career is a calling and not a mere job opportunity as it demands total sacrifice of the life of a person recruited, to forsake pleasure, family, and personal interests to protect lives and keep the peace of the nation, even peril to the soldier’s life.
Col FN Tei noted persons looking for jobs to keep body and soul together must look elsewhere, away from the military, since the security institution denies closeness to one’s family, weekends and many other pleasures.
The Director Army Training, admonished the recruits to always remember their standing orders and be disciplined at all times there by encouraging them not to relent in their efforts of professionalism but continue to strive for higher laurels.
A total of 722 persons were admitted to the training school on Monday, 26 October 2020, but after eight weeks of preliminaries, two persons deserted the camp, one person was released on medical grounds, and one other was sacked for presenting forged document scaling the total to 718.
The training period of 24 weeks, is designed to whip away laziness, lousiness, idleness, lack of self-control and inculcate discipline, dedication, selflessness, self-control, physical fitness, motivation, teamwork and esprit de corps, in the recruits at passing out.
Among the dignitaries present at the function were, Commanding Officer (CO), Army Recruit Training School, Lt Col John Tenzii, CO, 48 Engineer, Lt Col Michael Mfum, CO Signal Training School, Lt Col Mark Ankobiah, CO Ghana Military Police, Lt Col David Mensah Addi, OIC Armed Forces Catering School, Major Oppong Kumesi and the clergy.