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    First Batch of Army Recruits from Jaffna to Pass Out on Sept.20

    September 17, 2014

    Five hundred recruits from Jaffna who recently joined the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Forces (SLAVF) will pass out in a smart parade after three month’s training on September 20th at Sri Lanka Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (SLEME) grounds, Kankesanthurai (KKS).

    After being recruited, four hundred males and one hundred females were given basic military training and vocational education on various trades such as carpentry, masonry, electric welding, motor mechanism, farming, beauty culture etc.  Training commenced on June 19th 2014 at KKS. After their passing out, they will be attached to 7th Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps and different service units located at KKS, and to Thalsevana Holiday Resort.


    Youths from the North were deprived of opportunity to join the Army, a respectable profession with a lucrative salary and attractive facilities including free meals, free accommodation, free transport, uniform allowances and house rent for the married. They will get an opportunity to improve their sports skills and to serve overseas in peacekeeping missions. In addition, their families are entitled to free medical facilities and free railway warrants.  If they wish, can retire with pension after completing 22 years of service, and for females, it is 15 years or else they can continue service until their retirement age. The families are entitled to those facilities even after the retirement of the soldier.


    Young men and women in the North, for some time, were deprived of the opportunity to join the military service due to influence of a few extremist elements. Tamil servicemen in the forces had to leave either service or the country or both due to threat of such elements. However, after ushering of peace, government opened the avenues for Northern youths to military service.


    Accordingly, on instructions of Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Rathnayake, young girls and boys were recruited from the North to the Army. Under the same recruitment programme, 100 females and 400 males were  recruited from Jaffna with the guidance of Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera as the first batch. (cimicjaffna)


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