The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated a fresh batch of 2,079 recruits to boost its capacity to effectively tackle various internal security challenges in the country.
The colourful Passing Out Parade (POP) of the Basic Military Training Course (BMTC) 40/2019 took place on Saturday, 15 February 2020, at the Military Training Centre (MTC), Kaduna.
The recruits had undergone 6 months of rigorous military training. With the graduation, the NAF has substantially bridged the wide gap in manpower disposition to meet the imperatives of its constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of the Country.
Speaking during the POP, the Guest of Honour/Reviewing Officer, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, stated that the graduation lent credence to the efforts of the current NAF leadership to reposition the Service.
He reminded the new airmen and airwomen of the enormous tasks ahead of them as they are joining the military at a time when the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) is involved in several Internal Security (IS) operations.
The CAS also charged them to operate within the Rules of Engagement as enumerated in the Code of Conduct for the AFN personnel. “You must also respect and protect the innocent and law-abiding civilians whom you are paid to defend”, he added.