NAF graduates 591 recruits, expresses resolve to protect Nigeria

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated no fewer than 591 recruits from its Ground Training Centre, Kaduna with a resolve to defend the nation’s territorial integrity at all times.

 According to a statement by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the new personnel had successfully completed their initial 6-month military training.  

“The new entrants into the Nigerian Air Force constitute the Basic Military Training Course 35/2016. The Course started early January 2016 with 596 intakes but 5 of them were dropped for various reasons and were unable to complete the training. 

“The training objective is to inculcate basic military skills in trainees and provide them with general military orientation required for them to function in the NAF. The passing out recruits have all been assigned specialist trades and posted to NAF formations across the country pending the time they would be programmed for specialist training” he said. 

Continuing, Famuyiwa said the next batch of intakes; comprising 1250 recruits are expected to commence training on 25 July 2016 in line with the NAF recruitment projection for 2016.                              

In his address at the passing out parade, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar urged the recruits to brace up for the challenges ahead in their call to duty. 

He informed them that military service is not just a means of livelihood, but a clarion call to serve the fatherland, and which sometimes may require making the supreme sacrifice. 

The CAS, expressed confidence in the ability of the recruits to live up to expectations as the training curriculum was recently reviewed in line with emerging security challenges to impact in them the right skills and training needed to deal with any threats to national security.  

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