Soldiers told to place premium on fitness

Soldiers in the country have been advised to put premium on fitness since it is a basic requirement for selection to peace-keeping operations around the world.

According to Commodore James Osei Kontoh, the Fleet Officer Commanding the Naval Training Command at Sogakope, staying mentally and physically alert added value to the life of a soldier.

Commodore Kontoh was speaking at the Inter Platoon Senior Steeplechase Competition for Regular Career Course 56 and Short Service Commission 54 of the Ghana Military Academy at Teshie.

The annual steeplechase competition for cadets of the academy is aimed at testing the endurance levels of cadets before being commissioned as army officers.

The senior steeplechase course is laid on a circuit of 12-kilometre through difficult terrain, at the end of which competitors are expected to clear a chain of obstacles before reporting at the finishing point.

Addressing the participants after the exercise, Commodore Kontoh encouraged them to do more since nothing was impossible for a soldier.

He stressed that placing importance on fitness as a soldier always put him/her ahead of others in the profession.

“Without fitness, it is impossible to meet daily tasks as a soldier and also meet set out requirement for selection to peacekeeping operations,” he added.

Commodore Kontoh was of the view that, though the steeplechase was one of the means of testing the endurance level of soldiers and cadets, more should be done for them to remain fit and alert all the time.

He urged all to continue maintaining the high standards of the military profession since it serves as a trademark of every soldier.

He thanked all who contributed in making this year’s steeplechase successful.

By Daniel N. Amparbeng

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