by Mickey Kavera – EM TV News, Port Moresby
A total of 125 male recruits of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force has commenced their basic recruit training at the Goldie River Training Depot.
The training will run for a period of three months, and those who successfully pass out will undergo their initial employment training at their respective units for another three months.
Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo, during the induction of the recruits stressed on fitness and self-discipline.
He says, these are key ingredients of a professional soldier and all recruits must strive to achieve this.
Over the years, the level of fitness and discipline within the army has been a concern and the commander is keen on changing that perception.
Training instructors have been challenged to stick their training modules to deliver quality training to the recruits.
Toropo expects the best from the new recruits as part of his 2015 intent to professionalise the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.
He says, the force will be engaged in various national and international obligations and it is a must to have well trained and disciplined soldiers.