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Official Video - Passing Out Parade- Recruit Intake 132

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On February 26th , seventy-two soldiers proudly marched on the AFM parade ground at Luqa Barracks in front of distinguished guests and family members. This occasion, a momentous one for each recruit, brings to a close 18 weeks of challenging training. The 'pass-out' parade marks the beginning of each recruit's life as a full member of the Armed Forces of Malta. The parade was reviewed by the Hon. Dr Manuel Mallia, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, and the Commander of the AFM, Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi. Brigadier Curmi said he had no doubt that this recruitment was a major challenge to the recruits, and for some it has been their biggest achievement so far. 'Today', the commander continued 'You will be in a position to find the reason behind such training routines and one must never forget that a soldier needs to be determined to do a certain amount of sacrifice in order to serve with a common objective'. As a sovereign nation that is part of the European Union , the Armed Forces is continuously contributing towards peace and stability in countries far away from our shores . Brigadier Curmi encouraged each and every soldier to be courageous and confident in choosing the right path based upon the good qualities that were transferred to the recruits by a dedicated team of instructors In his speech the Hon. Minister Dr Manuel Mallia said the government was committed to provide the new soldiers with all the training needed throughout their service and to continue investing in military equipment, however it is the enthusiasm and sense of duty which he sees in the recruit's eyes that makes all this worthwhile. Hon. Minister Mallia also mentioned, for the first time, the psychological aspect of the training underwent by the recruits was taken care of with counselling sessions for each and every recruit throughout their training period. Minister Mallia also stated that the process for the strengthening of the AFM is ongoing with plans for the engagement of a further 120 soldiers currently underway, with another process for an additional 120 soldiers due to start in May. Hon. Mallia stressed that the investment in Human Resources is complemented by investment in equipment and installations, where he mentioned numerous investments undergone during the last year such as the purchase of a twin-engine Helicopter for the Air Wing, three RHIBS for the Maritime Squadron and modern land based surveillance equipment among others. Minister Mallia continued by mentioning how this investment will continue throughout this year with the arrival of the twin engine Helicopter and the process to purchase a second, the erection of a hangar to house these new assets, the issuing of a tender for a Microwave Network Link for the AFM Operations Centre and further investments in the modernisation of infrastructure and work place conditions. For the new members of the Force, the journey leading to today's parade started months ago when a total of 350 applications were received after a call to serve in the Regular Force of the Armed Forces of Malta was issued. Following a selection process, 89 applicants were recruited and on the 21st of October 2013 their training commenced. Of the original 89 that turned up at Luqa barracks on the first day of training, 72, 67 male and 5 female, completed the course successfully. During their months as recruits, the new AFM soldiers were guided through three distinctive phases. Phase one, which helped recruits adjust to military life, was a prelude to subsequent phases which, building on the foundations laid in the first weeks sought to ensure that each and every potential full member of the Force was prepared for a career at the core of which is the will to serve. The recruits focused on Physical Training, Ceremonial Training and Weapon Training during these phases. Recruit Martin Vella placed first amongst all 72 recruits and was presented by the award during the ceremony