Despite Opposition, Nigerian Army Shortlists Women For Combatant Course
The Nigerian Army has shortlisted a considerable number of female applicants for its Direct Short Service Combatant Course (DSSC) and Short Service Combatant Course (SSC).
This was in contradiction to the Armed Forces Council recommendation in November 2017 for the phase out to the admission of female cadets into the regular combatant course of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).
Bear in mind that there are various types of commissions in the Armed Forces namely: Regular Combatant Commission, Short Service Combatant Commission, Direct Regular Commission, Direct Short Service and Executive Commission.
The PUNCH had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had ratified the National Defence Policy 2017 (Revised); Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service Officers 2017, which is aimed to put an end to the admission of female cadets into the combatant course of the NDA.
It was learnt that the recommendation to end the programme was made by the Armed Forces Council which was inaugurated by the President.
“Phase out the training of female regular combatant cadets.”
It was also gathered the phasing out was because some Northern Muslim leaders were wary of a situation where a woman would someday lead the army.
Speaking on the development, an unnamed general was quoted to have said:
“It is only the regular combatant commission that can give an officer the opportunity to aspire to head any of the services or rise to become the chief of defence staff, while the others have limited career path.”
“If the military is able to scrap this programme, women will never be able to head any of the arms of the Nigerian military. The northern Muslim leaders want to prevent a situation where one day, a woman will lead the army and give orders to men.”
Meanwhile, for those who were shortlisted, the Army also said the SSC 45/2019 and the DSSC 24/2019 Selection Board is scheduled to take place from 4th – 18th January 2019.
It added that the selection exercise for SSC will take place at NDA Old Site Kawo, Kaduna, Kaduna State, northern Nigeria while that of the DSSC will hold at 20 Battalion Barracks Serti Baruwa, Taraba State, northern Nigeria.
The Nigerian Army on December 19, announced the commencement of recruitment into the Force for interested Nigerians.
A statement on the security outfit’s website said the opportunity is available for Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 22.
The application opened December 19 and will run till January 30, 2019.
“Are you a PATRIOT interested in serving your fatherland? The opportunity is once more available for Nigerians between the ages of 18 – 22 to join the Army as a member of 78 regular recruits intake (trades/non-tradesmen and women),” a statement on the recruitment issued by the Nigerian Army read.
Name of shortlisted candidates for screening would be released on January 28, 2019, on the website.
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