The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has expressed satisfaction with its training programmes which have enabled it to attain its objective of improving professionalism, proficiency and competence in the execution of its duties.

This came out at the graduation of 90 students who successfully completed the general squad drill and small arms course at 1.2 Infantry Battalion in Hwange.

The training programme included courses in field craft, range work, arms drill, civic education and physical training among others and commenced on the 2nd of May this year.

In its quest to improve human resources development, the ZNA decentralised the running of the career courses to different formations across the country.

Commander 1 Brigade, Brigadier General Augustine Chipwere said the three months training course aimed at equipping the students with requisite knowledge and skills in all aspects of drilling a squad, good discipline and handling of small arms.

“I am confident that these programmes gave you an insight into the politico-socio economic environment in which you operate. It is critical that as soldiers you are aware of these issues so that you remain focused. It is also prudent that you understand the history trials and tribulations of Zimbabwe. For you to enjoy the peace that you are enjoying today, there are sons and daughters of this country who sacrificed blood and limbs of this great country from colonial bondage,” he said.

13 female students who participated in the training programme performed beyond expectations and some walked away with merit awards for excelling.

The 90 graduates were drawn from junior ranks from all ZNA units countrywide.