31 July 2012

Morocco: HM the King Chairs in Rabat Swearing-in Ceremony of Officers Graduating From Higher Military and Paramilitary Schools

Rabat — HM King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, chaired, on Tuesday at the Mechouar Square in Rabat, the swearing-in ceremony of officers graduating from the various higher military and paramilitary schools, as well as officers promoted to higher ranks.

HM the King named this year group after "Ibn Rushd".

After greeting the national flag to the tune of the national anthem, the Sovereign addressed the following speech:

Praise be to God May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin.

Officers,

It is for us a source of great pride to preside over today, in our capacity as Supreme Commander and Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, the graduation ceremony of the new year group of officers from various military institutes and schools, and to take an oath before our Majesty.

It is indeed an opportunity to honor the high competences of our Royal Armed Forces and their actions in the social and development domains in the service of defending the integrity of the Nation and the preservation of security and stability, in a spirit of discipline and commitment and by ensuring consistently to get in tune with the requirements of modernization and competence.

We decided to name this year group after "Ibn Rushd", given the symbolism that this figure represented in the history of Islamic civilization and the values of rationality, moderation and innovation that he advocated.

Be, May God protect you, up to what this name carries in terms of moral and patriotic values, so as to get the best lesson to accomplish missions assigned to you, faithful in this to the eternal motto: "God, Country, King."

Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.

After the swearing-in, HM the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of Staff of the FAR, reviewed the detachments of the graduated officers.

The sworn-in year group includes 455 officers from major military schools.

These are:

- Royal Military Academy,

- The Air Royal School, including two women officers,

- The Royal Naval School,

- The Royal School of Military Health Services, including 13 women.

Sixteen women officers from the Training Centre of Social Services of the FAR.

In addition to these school graduates of active training, there are 886 reserve officers from the high paramilitary schools, graduated from the following schools:

- Mohammedia School of Engineers, including 121 women.

- The Royal Institute of Territorial Administration, including 14 women.

- The Royal Institute of Police, including 30 women.

- The National School of Forest Engineers, including 8 women.

- The Customs Training Center, including 14 women.

Added to them, 211 FAR officers of the Royal Gendarmerie, the Royal Guard and the Auxiliary Forces, including 4 women.

HM the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of Staff of the FAR, subsequently, promoted chief officers to the ranks of General and Colonel-major.

These appointments are part of the normal progress of officers, noncommissioned officers and troopers under the various components of the FAR under the year 2012, which occurs each year on the occasion of the celebration of the Throne Day.

This royal gesture reflects the high solicitude of HM the King and the constant attention that the Sovereign continues to lavish on the family of the Royal Armed Forces and his determination to ensure directly its moral and material well-being.

The Sovereign then received, in the Throne Room at the Royal Palace, General Abdelaziz Bennani, General Inspector of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), Commander of the Southern Zone, who presented to HM the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, a message of wishes and loyalty to the Sovereign sent on behalf of the noncommissioned officers and troopers of the Royal Armed Forces, to mark the 13th Anniversary of the Enthronement of the Sovereign.

HM the King was, then, greeted by the officers who came first in their year group of military and paramilitary high schools and institutes.

The swearing in ceremony took place in the presence of head of government, advisers to HM the King, government officials, senior officers of the General Staff of the FAR, foreign military attachés accredited in Rabat, as well as other civilian and military prominent figures.

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