90 soldiers in the making
Over 90 young men and women took their oath of allegiance to the People and the State of Malta and its Constitution as they commenced fourteen weeks of intensive military training during which they will make the transition from civilians into soldiers.
Following a call for applications for the regular enlistment of gunner recruits with the Armed Forces of Malta the first group of entrants presented themselves at the gates of Luqa Barracks at 07:00h last Monday. Despite the early wake up call it was evident that the new recruits were eager to start their military career.
Whilst recruits have differing expectations at the beginning of their military career their instructors reported that all converged on one common point; their eagerness to serve under military discipline and to be of service.
Over two hundred individuals applied to join the AFM under Scheme A. Of these, less than half met the stipulated selection and filtering process consisting of a physical fitness assessment, a motivational interview and a complete medical examination.
An additional soldier-athlete and two bandsmen applied under separate schemes intended to attract high level sporting talent and specialised competencies to the Force were also enslisted.
Recruit training is organised by the AFM’s training School and is held at Luqa Barracks. All recruits are expected to attain the same standard upon completion of basic military training. The Training School within 4 Regiment runs all basic recruitment courses. It has a resident core team of instructors that is supplemented by additional instructors from the rest of the Force.
Their strength of character, team qualities, motivation and determination will be tested continually. All recruits are also required to adhere to strict rules of hygiene and order-of-dress. They will be extensively trained in weapon handling skills, marksmanship and ceremonial drill, first aid and map reading. This training will be complimented by in the classroom on Military Law, International Humanitarian Law, Military Ethos, Radio Voice Procedure and other various life skills.
Upon course completion the recruits will perform the formal Passing-Out Parade and will be posted to the various units of the AFM according to the exigencies of the Service whether on land at sea or in the air.