Nigerian Army School Of Infantry Graduates Combined Airborne Courses
Graduated Courses: Basic Rigger Course 25/2016 & Basic Airborne Course 39/2016.
Courses Assemble on: 29 APRIL 2016.
Date of Graduation: 22 JULY 2016.
TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS GRADUATED: 73
Venue of Graduation: Jaji Military Cantonment Drop Zone.
SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR: Brig Gen Anthony Olufemi Folorunsho, Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry.
GRADUATION SPEECH BY THE SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR ON THE COMBINED GRADUATION OF BASIC RIGGER COURSE 25 AND BASIC AIRBORNE COURSE 39/2016 ON 22 JULY 2016 AT THE JAJI DROP ZONE
- I am delighted to be with you this morning and to welcome all of you to Jaji Drop zone. I congratulate the graduating students of the Basic Rigger 25 and Basic Airborne Course 39/16 on this memorable occasion. I must commend your effort for successful qualifying and scaling through these highly technical and challenging courses.
- Airborne training as you are all aware is voluntary. I am aware of the tough requirements of both the Basic Airborne Course and Basic Rigger Course. These courses are amongst the shortest in NASI but are also technically demanding, and resource based. It is therefore, obvious that the students standing before me today are different from the students that reported for these courses a few weeks ago. During your inauguration a few weeks back, you were advised to work hard and put in your best while on training. It is obvious that your hard work has paid off as you will be decorated with basic Airborne and Basic rigger wings on this memorable day.
- The NA has invested a lot of resources in your training, I believe you will justify this huge investment and make the service proud. Airborne courses are designed to expose you to the various skills and techniques of modern operations, which you may eventually find yourselves as you progress in your chosen career. You should therefore consider your participation in these courses a privilege which the Army has offered to give you a sound professional background for the benefit of the NA. I believe our effort will yield the desired results.
- You must continue with the high standard of training you received here to maintain the standard of physical fitness you have attained. You must also encourage your colleagues back home to train especially those interested in the Basic Airborne Course, Basic Rigger and Jump Master before reporting for the course. As you leave Jaji, wherever opportunities avail themselves, endavour to update your jump status. Remember that a paratrooper is expected to make at least one jump every 6 months or else he or she cannot partake in an offensive airborne operation.
- As members of special elite corps, airborne troops are known to show a high standard of discipline and spirit-de-corps. I am highly delighted that no student was dropped on disciplinary grounds. Your conduct in future should be a shining example to other officers and soldiers in your various units. Once more, I say congratulations to all of you. I wish you safe journey to your homes and God bless you all.