“Be disciplined, dedicated and determined to overcome obvious challenges and sacrifice your pleasures for achievement”
The Air Vice Marshal Edward Apau Mantey (rtd) charged cadets of Regular Career Course (RCC) Intake 57 and Short Service Commission and Special Duties (SSC/SD) Intake 5 during their Graduation Religious Service held at the Officer Cadets’ Mess at Whistler Barracks in Teshie on Sunday, 15 October, 2017.
AVM Mantey (rtd) who was the Guest of Honour for the occasion stressed that the cadets have taken a bold decision to put their lives on the line for humanity and as such must do so with tenants of their profession. On the other hand, he urged parents and families of the cadets to support them in prayer.
He added that their loyalty to the defence of the state was enshrined to the loyalty of any government in power; therefore, he entreated them to desist from partisan politics. He however advised them to stay professional, develop their intellect and physical self as well be pragmatic in discharging their duties.
In his sermon, the Director of Religious Affairs (DRA), Capt (GN) Adjei-Djan reiterated that the training the cadets received at the academy was to shape them into professionals who would serve their motherland diligently and added that such could only be attained by trusting God and being prayerful.
He admonished them to keep the word of God in their hearts, be humbled and submissive, as well as allow God to direct their paths.
Capt (GN) Adjei-Djan cautioned the cadets not to indulge in corrupt activities. He charged parents and families of the cadets to desist from indulging their wards in corrupt practices since the rules and engagement of the military frown on that.
Awards were presented to cadets who distinguished themselves creditably throughout their training. While Senior Cadet Adamu Droha received the Best in Physical Training for the SSC/SD Course, Senior Cadets Kofi Dennis Jackson received the same award for the RCC Course.
For the female category, the same award went to Cadet Sgt Asante Mantey Yaa Konadu and Flight Cadet Salifu Rukiaha for the SSC/SD and RCC respectfully.
Mid-Ship-Man Azagah Maxwell received the Fleet Award which is given to the naval cadet who excelled in sea training. The Commander’s Prize was awarded to S/Cdt Osei Marfoh Rita for the SSC/SD Course and JUO Babilah Eastmond received the same award for the RCC Course.
Dignitaries present at the event were the GMA Commander Brig Gen Salifu Yakubu Gilbert, Commander ACTS Brig Gen Aryee and the JAG Advocate Brig Gen Fiawo. The rest are the Director of FPO Col Babilah, the Director of DPR Col Aggrey Quarshie and many other senior officers from the general headquarters.