140 officers commissioned into Afghan army

May 19th, 2011 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, May 19 (IANS) A total of 140 officers, including 20 women, graduated from the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) Thursday and were commissioned into the Afghan National Army (ANA), a Xinhua report quoted KMTC’s commander as saying.

“After completion of five-month military training courses, today 140 army officers, including 20 female officers, graduated from KMTC and were commissioned to the national army to serve the nation,” General Aminullah Paktiani, commander of KMTC, said during the graduation ceremony Thursday.

The 20 women officers were the second batch of female officer to graduate from the military training centre, he said.

The first group of Afghan women officers, comprising 30 ladies, graduated from Kabul Military Training Centre September 2010 and were commissioned into the national army to serve the post-Taliban nation.

“At all times, I wanted to be a service member of the national army and today I feel so happy to wear the army uniform and join the army,” said Zahra, one of the women officers.

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

Currently, the Afghan National Army has a strength of over 164,000 personnel. It aims to increase itself to a 171,600-strong force by October this year.

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