By Mihe Gaomab
SOME Namibians think an army is a place for people with historical sickness to be recruited.
An Army is for healthy, and upright men and women who can face the toughest of conditions in summer, winter, rain, and dust.
The recruitment conditions that NDF has put out are just the right minimum conditions. What if you have historical health problems, and two months into training your condition worsens and you are discharged, should NDF look for a replacement?
That is a waste of taxpayers’ money. If you can’t meet those conditions, don’t apply.
Also, the basic educational requirements are fundamental in creating a professional army. How do you expect not to have a Grade 12 but follow a professional military career? You can even be captured by the enemy for not being able to read a map or a compass.
Yes, at independence it was necessary to incorporate semi-literate persons but today’s wars are fought at different levels. NDF should not be an employment Bureau. That will be to the detriment of our national security.
Soldiers should be mentally and physically fit to carry out their assignments in this changing world with great agility and dexterity.