To address new security challenges, the Ghana Army will increase its troops.
161 officer cadet corps were commissions into the Army on Friday as regular career Course 61 as part of efforts. This is to enhance the manpower basis of the Ghana Armed Forces, allowing the military to handle current rising security concerns in the nation and the whole West African Sub Region.
The reviewing officer was Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who also serves as the country’s military’s chief commander.
He appointed the cadets as full-fledged commissions military officers by commissioning them.
The Ghana Armed Forces mass band
The Ghana Armed Forces mass band, which marched in various formations. The audience’s admiration and applause, was the highlight of the regimented parade. The band played songs from popular music collections such as the theme songs from Game of Thrones, Amulanga by Magic System, and Kwaku The Traveler by Black Sheriff.
Emmanuel Appiah Hanson, a senior under cadet officer, was named the finest overall officer in the regular career course.
President Akufo-Addo announced the approval for the expansion of the Ghana Armed Forces to enable it to counter current, contemporary, emerging, and future security threats, according to Donald Ato Dapatem, presidential correspondent for Graphic Online, who is based at the Military Academy at Teshie in Accra.
The Ghana Army must expand
The Ghana Armed Forces must be expands, according to President Akufo-Addo, if the nation is to be able to counter the dangers.
According to the threat analysis, he said, there is a determined effort being made to pursue. The acquisition of the necessary machinery, logistics, infrastructure development, and growth in manpower.
The Armed Forces recruited and trained about 3,000 soldiers between 2017 and 2020 in order to increase its manpower.
In order to increase the size of the armed forces to ideal levels. Furthermore, it has started an aggressive nationwide recruitment effort that will last through 2024. Producing at least 4,000 officers and soldiers each year.
Accordingly, at least 2000 recruits trains at recruit centers for each of the three services every six months. Furthermore, since 2022, the number of officer cadet corps enlisted has increased.
While 210 students have been enrolled for intake 61 of regular professional courses this year. However, President Akufo-Addo remarked that 167 students were enrolled for intake 61 of regular career courses in 2020 notwithstanding the COVID 19.