The Armed Forces of Liberia has begun its recruitment exercises for potential personnel who may have the desire of enrolling in the new army.
According to the Chief of Public Affairs at the Ministry of Defense Lieutenant Dessaline Felix Allison the recruitment process started a week ago and will at least end on the 26th of April 2013.
Lieutenant Allison said currently, the AFL has close to 2000 gallant men and women who are well trained in various military areas. Speaking on the importance of the recruitment procedures, he said, given the urgent need for more people to join the army, series of training exercises have been conducted in other parts of Liberia.
He named Grand Gedeh, Bong and other South-Eastern Counties as places where the recruitment processes have been for the past weeks. He said, basic criteria for enrollment should at least be a high school graduate, a Liberian citizen and free from all human rights records and drug related cases.
Our reporter who covered the entire recruitment exercises vividly saw hundreds of young men and women gathered in long queues at the grounds of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium-ATS while both entrances of the Barclay Training Center-BTC and the Rally Town Market had to wait to be ushered in for possible enrolment through the process.
Some young petty traders at various streets in the city expressed their excitement for the process. “We are proud to see young Liberians turning out for this process,” Lawrence Blamo stated.
Theresa Anderson said, “I saw young girls in cutes turning to join the army; what an amazing thing for our country unlike the past when the army was dominated by older folks and not young people,” she stated.
Buttressing further two of the recruits Mercy S. Sah and Garmonyou I. Nagbe both praised the Defense Ministry for the level of coordination accorded them since the beginning of the recruitment exercise.
According to Mercy, she had dreamt of joining the Armed Forces of Liberia and to find her going through the process, a dream has come through. For his part, Garmonyou said he was pleased to be in the number.
He also praised officials of the Defense Ministry for the level of support they (the recruits) have received so far from the beginning of the process to date.