Afghanistan’s new model army |🇦🇫 NATO in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s new model army |🇦🇫 NATO in Afghanistan


For the first time since it began,
the Afghan National Army has recruited a new breed of soldiers for a year of rigorous training
at the new Afghan National Army Officer Academy – modelled on the British Royal Military Academy
Sandhurst. Meet tomorrow’s leaders.
Officer Cadet Manaman from Kunduz left his job as a radio broadcaster to fight against
the insurgency. “I came here because my father was also serving
as a soldier until recently, so it was one of my dreams to work like my father and serve
my country with honour.” His brother in arms, Officer Cadet Nazar Mohammed
was already a foot soldier in Uruzgan. His motivations were also personal.
“Two of my friends were killed in action in a roadside bomb. It really affected me. We
must fight, whether it is with old weapons or limited ammunition. We must fight.”
But it was Officer Cadet Hajji Mohammed’s patriotism propelled him forward.
“My dream was to always to serve my people, and defend the borders of this country. That’s
why I decided to become an officer and become a good leader.”
The new academy on the outskirts of Kabul opened its doors in October this year, attracting
over 10,000 applicants. 920 were put through their paces through a series of mental and
physical tests. Only 270 made it. The exams were really hard, especially the
physical test. I didn’t think I would make it, but tried really hard and, with the help
of God, I passed and here I am today. “In the beginning they were just civilians,
they didn’t know anything or have any discipline or know how to march but I see a lot of changes
now and I see them wearing their helmets and carrying their rifles in the correct military
manner and this makes me very proud.” The year-long course will certainly push the
cadets’ mental and physical boundaries. But Officer Cadet Nazar can see the benefit of
tough training. “Training is really hard but it is for our
benefit. We are being taught desert tactics, which is a real challenge and really difficult,
but our instructors keep saying that the more you sweat in the training ground the less
you will bleed in the battle.” And at five weeks into their training, this
first exercise is a real test of their ability “We’re extremely happy from day one. All their
equipment was issued, they came out quite early. They’ve worked extremely well and adapted
to the environment quite well.” But the academy is not only creating the future
leaders, it is also uniting the usually divided ethnicities of Afghanistan through real nationalism
and pride. “There are people in this academy from all
over Afghanistan, from every province: north, south, east, west and this touches my heart.
They all have the national spirit and the same uniform and the national unity, which
makes me really happy.”

7 thoughts on “Afghanistan’s new model army |🇦🇫 NATO in Afghanistan

  1. Well, I guess this is good progress – but in reality one could comment that "it is a little to little and a lot too late." So, thanks for your effort #NATO but, you are not without critics – success matters and chaos in #Afghanistan should not be considered success – I am just saying – look at your mirror – it's not near good enough.

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