Thursday, November 12, 2009

Recruitment to armed forces to continue

By Olindhi Jayasundere -The armed forces will continue to recruit officers and personnel in order to meet their targets for this year and the coming years, said a spokesman for the military yesterday.

Military Spokesman Brig Udaya Nanayakkara told Daily Mirror yesterday that recruitment to the Army would continue till December 31. “Our target is 10,000 recruits for the new batch,” he said. He said that the monthly wage would be increased by Rs 1000 for all officers and soldiers and that an allowance of Rs.3000 would also be paid to each member of the Army.

“Previously this allowance was made available to those in operational areas such as the North and East. But now it will be extended to everyone in the Army,” he said.

Brig. Nanayakkara said that, although the war was over, new Army officers were much needed for defensive and offensive purposes, for humanitarian de-mining and for development work in the country.

“Some members of the Army have retired, others are sick; there are absentees and deserters. We need more recruits to replace the officers who have left the Army,” he said.

He said the Army was looking for people between 18 and 24 years of age, unmarried and physically fit. He said these were the basic requirements.

Meanwhile, Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said that there was no closing date of any nature in the recruitment process of the Air Force: “We are recruiting new officers as often as we can,” he said.

Wing Commander Nanayakkara said that he could not divulge the number of officers in the Air Force as it was confidential. “However, we are in the process of achieving our target right now. It is a continuing process,” he said.

Acting Navy Spokesman Captain A. Senaratne told Daily Mirror that nearly 8000 new members had been recruited to the Navy from January this year to now. “We are looking to recruit another 1000 or so sailors and officers,” he said.

© Daily Mirror

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