In a recent ceremony at the 203 Thunder Corps in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, 600 more graduates were sworn in to join the ranks of the nation's true protectors in the Afghan National Army (ANA).
The Thunder Corps' training director, Colonel Mohammad Asif introduced the graduates to the Corp's four brigades. "These brave Afghan youth are thoroughly trained to fulfil their duties in serving their country and protecting their people from the enemies of peace," he said at the ceremony.
The ANA recruits throughout the country receive adequate training and modern weapons and equipment before their assignment.
With professional training and modern equipment, as the Commander of the 203 Thunder Corps Lieutenant General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali said, the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) and particularly the ANA are much stronger than enemies of peace. "Further to that, the ANDSF are blessed to have the full support of the nation," said the General.
A proud graduate, Noor Ahmed, bravely explained his desire in protecting his country. "I am ready to serve in any part Afghanistan," he said.
Fazel Rabi Atal Another is another graduate soldier who joined the ANA because of their professional training and because people trust them. "Our community elders in all 13 district of Paktia express their confidence in the ANA and encourage the youth to join in the honourable service," he said.