New Afghan National Army soldiers stand in ranks for their graduation from Regional Military Training Centre-North. This is the final graduation of troops that will be instructed by coalition forces. (Photo courtesy: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class, Cory Rose)
MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan – Over 1,300 soldiers joined the ranks of the Afghan National Army (ANA) after graduating from basic warrior training July 5 at the Regional Military Training Centre (RMTC) in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.
"About 9 weeks ago, the candidates of Regional Basic Warrior Training course 186 entered the gates of the compound as civilians,” said Canadian Maj. Gen. James Ferron, Deputy Commanding General of Operations for NTM-A. "Today you will step off of this parade field as members of a team, a brotherhood, qualified basic soldiers in the ANA.”
The ceremony marked the end of the training mission for coalition participation in mentoring and advising army training at RMTC- North. The training will be transitioned into the hands of ANA leaders and instructors.
"They are ready,” said Canadian Sgt. Brian McIntyre. "The Afghan instructors are very professional and teaching them everything that they need to know."
The basic warrior training is a nine- week course to teach joining ANA soldiers their basic skills for serving their country. From this training, new soldiers will be sent to Army units throughout Afghanistan. Once posted to their new units, the soldiers train to become more proficient in their trade with each one being essential in ensuring prosperity and success of Afghanistan.
"I am very proud to be the Executive Officer of the Team Leaders Course,” said Afghan National Army 1st Lt. Nangeyalie Andar. "I really appreciate the help provided by our coalition counterparts.”
The number of NATO Training Mission Afghanistan advisors will reduce in the upcoming weeks. ANA leaders and instructors will take control and begin teaching the courses.
"This achievement deserves to be celebrated,” said Ferron. "This milestone would not have been possible without the dedication and professionalization demonstrated by the commander, staff and instructors of RMTC-N every day. This training centre is a model for success in the ANA, and this would not be possible without a great deal of hard work, perseverance and commitment to improvement.”
NTM-A is a coalition of 38 troop contributing nations charged with assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country's security by 2014.
Story and photos by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Rose
NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan Public Affairs