Brig General Musa Justifies Regular Military Drills
The physical fitness and mental alertness of Nigerian soldiers have over the years, been boosted and well-enhanced as a result of regular military drills, Brigadier-General Umar Thama Musa, the Guard Brigade’s Commander, has disclosed.
General Musa made this known in his Opening Remarks at the “Guards Brigade Inter-Unit Drill Competition 2019,” held at the Brigade’s Parade Ground in Mambilla Barracks.
The Brigade Commander who said drill is the basic foundation of Military Regimentation, added that it is also the yardstick for measuring the level of discipline of a force and the building block that sharpens the individual soldier’s military bearing.
“Drill is aimed at producing a soldier who is proud, alert, and obedient, while also providing the basis for teamwork. Therefore, the importance of drill in building a discipline force cannot be over-emphasized.
The senior Army officer informed the soldiers who represented various participating Guards Battalions, that the contest is aimed at testing their proficiency in drill, as well as assessing the general state of their alertness.
He said: “This event would also build the capacity of the participating units and Guards Brigade in general. You must therefore take advantage of this event and other scheduled training activities in your Brigade. As this will enhance your performance as Guards Brigade troops and also endear the confidence of the civil populace in order to actualize the COAS vision which is to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.”
Also speaking at the event, Brigadier-General Henry Tafida Wesley, Director Clothings and Stores, Department of Army Logistics commended the troops of the participating Battalions for their colourful displays and breath-taking march pasts, expressing belief that the drill will make them more responsive in discharging their duties.
He pointed out that the annual drill competition has helped to mentally and physically prepare Nigerian soldiers for various military operations within the country, and successful safekeeping missions in Africa.
The 7 Guards Battalion, 102 Battalion, 176 Battalion, 177 Battalion and Guards Brigade Garrison, participated in the drill competition.
Each of the Battalion consists of one officer and 48 soldiers. The winners received award plaques, medals and trophies.
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Report By: PRNigeria.com