The Ghana Military Academy (GMA) has held its 2023 graduation parade for Cadets of Regular Career Course 62 and Short Service Commission/ Special Duties Course 60 at its Academy Square on Friday at Teshie.
This year’s parade constitutes 168 Army Cardets, 57 Navy Cardets and 67 Flight Cardets making a total of 292 comprising 217 males and 75 females.
Speaking at the parade President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo said this year’s parade was the highest in the history of the Ghana Military Academy.
He added that 19% of females deployed by the GAF exceeded the UN target.
On parade were 292 cadets, including two allied cadets from the Republic of Guinea, who were also commissioned into their respective Armed Forces.
President Akufo-Addo commended the GAF for its dedication and commitment to the rule of law, democratic governance and constitutional governance in the country despite multiple coup d’états recorded in West Africa and other parts of the continent.
“In helping to maintain peace and security, our men and women in uniform are exposed to the negative effects of wars and undemocratic changes of government.”
“It is therefore praiseworthy that the Armed Forces continue to pledge their support to our democratic system of governance in the face of coup d’états across the region” President Akufo-Addo remarked.
During the parade, various categories of awards and prizes were presented to the officers for their distinguished performance during the period of training.
Among them were Best Allied Cadet – S/CDT Camara Alpha Yaya, Academic Cane – JUO Kpodo George Delali, Military Cane – JUO Frimpong Esther, Sword of Honour – SUO Awotwi Jacob Vanderpuye.
The dignitaries present were Ghana’s Ministers for Defence, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, Chief of the Defence Staff of GAF, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of the Army Staff, Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, Chief of the Naval Staff, Real Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Frederick Asare Bekoe, Chief of Staff, General Headquarters, Major General Peter Nicholas Andoh, National Security, amongst others.
Dzifa Hukporti, ISD