Recruitment into the army, not a job opportunity - COAS



Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya Nigerian Chief of Army Staff has said that recruitment into the Nigerian Army is not employment but a call to defend the country.

This was contained in a statement issued today by Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman of the country's land army.

The army chief stated this while flagging off a 10 km endurance run for candidates undergoing screening to qualify for the 84 Regular Recruits in-take.

The recruitment exercise is currently ongoing at the Nigerian Army Battle Fitness Centre, NABFC, in Falgore forest, Kano state.

'Recruitment into the Nigerian Army should not be perceived as employment opportunity, as is the case in other conventional endeavours of life,' he was quoted as saying by Maj. Gen. Onyema noted.

He pointed out that, unlike other professions, recruitment into the army is a national call to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country and therefore requires citizens who are not only physically and medically fit, but also mentally and emotionally stable.

He noted that it is not a job opportunity, but a call to national service, as it requires selflessness and if need be, the supreme sacrifice.

'It is not an all comers' affair, the COAS stated and advised the candidates to take the screening seriously, as only the best will emerge in the final enlistment.'

The COAS received an update regarding infrastructure and other logistics provided to have a hitch free screening exercise.

'Speaking during a brief on the ongoing Screening Exercise to the COAS, the Chief of Administration (Army), Maj Gen Wilson Ali, stated that the progressive provision of infrastructure, such as electricity, portable water, upgrade of medical centre, dormitories and lavatories in the centre, enabled a conducive environment to effectively conduct the exercise. He assured the COAS of a hitch free screening exercise.

'The COAS later embarked on a tour of the facility and paid a visit to candidates who were receiving attention at the medical centre.

'The COAS was accompanied during the tour by Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters, GOC 1 Division, Commandant Depot NA and Commander 3 Brigade.'

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