Army announces recruitment exercise

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The Gambia Armed Forces is inviting applications from citizens for recruitment into the army.

“Prospective candidates fulfilling the stipulated requirements as could be read below would be recruited into the GAF as soldiers and officer- cadets respectively. Consequently, potential soldiers/ratings applying must tender at least a Grade 9 GABECE result with at least two (2) credits and three (3) passes whilst a Bachelors degree is required for consideration for the potential officer cadet slots,” the army said in a statement on Wednesday.

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​It added: “Please, kindly note that special consideration for prospective female candidates with special professional skill sets will be observed. These skills may be but not necessarily limited to the following areas: diploma in Information Technology, AAT level II, diploma in Communication or related fields, diploma in Engineering or related fields, Nursing, Midwifery, any recognized technical skills in mechanics and so forth.

“Candidates shall be subjected to rigorous vetting process and successful applicants would be subjected to a Basic Fitness Test (BFT). The Recruitment Board’s dates of activities for vetting/selections at various locations will be communicated through GAF’s facebook platform on “gambiaarmedforces” and via local community radios.

“Candidates who have successfully passed through the selection process would be able to read their names published at the notice boards of various selection centers. Subsequently, Basic Military Training at the GAF Training School for a prescribed period will be initiated. In this regard, prospective candidates must meet the following additional conditions: all potential applicants must be Gambian by birth; Candidate must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years; Candidates for officer-cadets must submit at    least a Bachelors degree in any recognized field of study; Candidates for general recruitment must   possess at least two (2) credits and three (3) passes at the Gambia Basic Education Certificate examination- GABECE; Potential recruits must be certified medically and physically fit by competent medical practitioner; Male recruits must be at least 1.65 meters in height weigh at least 60Kg while female recruits must be at least 1.63 meters and weigh at least 55Kg; Candidates must not have been convicted by any court of law; Candidates must be prepared to undergo Basic Military Training.

“Candidates must be recommended by at least two recognized referees who must attest to the applicant’s character and integrity.”

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