71 students from the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) graduated in General Squad Drill and Small Course Infantry Number 10, 118 of 2019, held at two presidential guard barracks in Dzivarasekwa, Harare this Friday.

Officiating at the graduation ceremony, guest of honour, Colonel Benjamin Sabata, said students had to master different physical and mental traits in order to complete the course and that they had benefitted necessary information that they will use once they return to their units.

“It is through discipline, loyalty, dedication, physical and mental stamina that enabled you to finish the demanding course. It is my belief that the invaluable information that you gained during your stint here will help them discharging your duties back to your units,” said Colonel Sabata.

Colonel Sabata also encouraged graduates to display crucial skill when they return to their respective units and not use the programme as a means of rising up the military ranks.

“Let me also add that you need to display skills learnt when you go back to your units and not to use the course as merely a programme that you need to pass through and get promoted to the next higher rank,” added Colonel Sabata.

The General Squad Drill and Small Arms Course Infantry Number, 118 of 2019 began on 4 February with 73 students, 13 of them being female.

Two of the students dropped out due to medical reasons, of which one went absent without official leave.

The objective of the course was to enable the graduates to effectively drill a squad during training, in battle and achieve levels one to three of the training battle shot.

The best student in the course was Manfield Chisunga of 1 Field Regiment.

Lance Corporal Elphas Musengwa of 1 Presidential Battalion, was the first runner up while Lance Corporal Cynthia Wachi of Mounted Regiment was the second runner up.

Lance Corporal Tabeth Tagwirei of Harare district got the best turn out award.