By Kebba Jeffang
Fifty-eight members of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) graduated on
Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 after three weeks intensive course on drill and general duties that aims at increasing efficiency in their professionalism at a ceremony held at the Armed Forces Training School in Fajara organised by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment (RGR).Speaking at the ceremony, Col. Kawsu Sanyang, the Commanding Officer
of the Guard Battalion, noted that the training is important for the
fact that it is the first of its kind in the home soil for GAF
members. He said the armed forces have fewer drill experts due to lack
of such courses in the country. He urged the graduates to make best
use of the knowledge by creating impact for quality delivery. He
thanked the instructors from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment for sharing
valuable knowledge with the armed forces personnel.
WO2 Alvarez Kenny, the British Army instructor expressed delight for
spending 3 weeks with the young Gambian soldiers. He described the
training as exceptional while assuring that RGR will continue to
endeavour to make sure Gambia Armed Forces continue to receive quality
Mr. Kenny disclosed that plans are under way to facilitate the
trainers’ training for the GAF personnel so that they can be
responsible for training themselves without their intervention.
“I can inform that all the graduates have passed the course while most of
them higher grades,” said WO2 Kenny.
Lt. Col. Samba, the training commander also speaking at the ceremony
said the course is in line with the training directives of 2014/15 of
the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). He said the training is two folds, drill and duties courses respectively.
Lt. Sanyang indicated “the primary importantance of drill is to prepare
people for battle and maximum fire power and therefore cannot be over
emphasized. The knowledge is useful to both GAF and their respective
units since they will share it with their colleagues,” said Sanyang.
For his part, Mr Colin Crorkin, the British Ambassador to Banjul said
the relationship between the two countries is cordial. He pointed out
that within three months in his tenure as UK Ambassador; the
graduation is the second ceremony he witnessed as the first one was
training for the GAMCOY 18 which was preparing for departure to Darfur.
He assured that they can still be looked up to for better capability.
He concluded by noting that his 11 month stay has witnessed good
relation between the Gambia and the United Kingdom.
Representing the CDS, CDRE Sillah Kujabi said the 58 personnel have
successfully completed the drill and duties course. He said the course
is the first time in the Gambia conducted by the Royal Gibraltar
Regiment and that it is consistent with CDS Training Directive 2015.
He said the aim is intended to broaden the drill skills and knowledge
of the participants.
In congratulating the participants, he said “your determination
enables you all to surpass the intensity, challenging and physically
demanding of the course. I urged all of you to share what you have
gathered with other colleagues. This can further boost the drill
performances of your respective units during ceremonial functions such
as honorary guards, guards of honour, independence and 22nd July
parades and as well as inter unit and inter service drill competitions
He finally thanked the personnel of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment for
their patience and commitment during the training while thanking the
UK through itsAmbassador.
Best recruit (male) receiving award from CDRE Sillah Kujabi
Best recruit (female) receiving award from British ambassador