140 newly graduated Afghan officers commissioned to army

09:20, May 20, 2011      

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A total of 140 officers graduated from Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC) on Thursday and commissioned to Afghan National Army (ANA), General Aminullah Paktiani commander of KMTC said.

"After completion of five-month military training courses, today 140 army officers including 20 female officers graduated from KMTC and commissioned to national army to serve the nation ," Paktiani told audience in graduation ceremony in KMTC complex east of capital city of Kabul.

The newly graduated soldiers and officers are ready to be deployed to any part of the country to provide security for their people, he said.

According to Paktiani, the 20 women officers were the second batch of female officer to graduate from the military center.

The first group of Afghan Women officers composed of 30 ladies graduated from Kabul Military Training Center on September 2010 and commissioned to national army with the objective to serve the post-Taliban nation, Patiani said.

"At all times, I wanted to be a service member of national army and today I feel so happy to wear army uniform and join the army," a woman officer, Zahra told Xinhua in the ceremony.

"As a brave Afghan woman by serving in army I want to help bring security for my countrymen and defend my country against its enemies." she added.

Currently the strength of Afghan National Army is more than 164, 000 and the target is to reach 171,600-strong force by October this year.

The process of handing over security charge from over 140,000 U. S. and NATO-led forces stationed in Afghanistan to Afghan forces begins in July this year and would be completed by the end of 2014.

Source: Xinhua
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