The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Deputy Force Commander Warns Against Indiscipline Act

The Deputy Force Commander of UNMIL, Brig. Gen. John A. Kwasie has warned against soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to be responsible and respect members of the larger society while they will be admired by the citizenry.

In his statement as keynote speaker of a symposium held in observance of the 56th Armed Forces Day celebration in Monrovia, Brig. Gen. Kwasie said soldiers of the AFL should approach their constitutional assigned role with pride and dignity and be mindful of the fact that government does not use the taxpayers' money to train, feed and house soldiers to become uncontrollable monsters.

The Deputy Force Commander of UNMIL encouraged the AFL personnel to look beyond skill-at arms training and seek to develop other skills needed as the Army becomes partners in development. He added that soldiers must understand their civil responsibilities and build the trust and confidence expected of any truly professional Armed Forces.

Brig. Gen. Kwasie also mentioned that a well-trained, motivated soldier imbibed with good regimentation does not indulge in vandalism and violence but rather uses his/her professionally acquired knowledge to manage violence.

Deliberating on the topic "Training, Regimentation and Maintenance", the fundamental necessities for the Armed Forces of Liberia being operational by 2014, the Deputy UNMIL Commander told the soldiers that discipline is the practice of enforcing acceptable patterns of behavior while military discipline is the foundation for military professionalism and regimentation which is an important ingredient in all military endeavors.

He explained that it is discipline which determines the level of professionalism of any Armed Forces. Without discipline, the Armed Forces will drive blindly into the arms of her enemies.

"A discipline soldier does not involve in subversive acts against the state; a discipline soldier obeys and lives by the rules; a discipline soldier does not

indulge in acts of vandalism, he/she is the one who will go extra mile to save his country even at the peril of his or her life. In real terms, discipline controls our attitude, temperament, behavior and response to any events," Brig. Gen. Kwasie said.

The forceful commander further said when the call for national duty comes; it is discipline which will drive soldiers in whatever actions that will be taken. He intoned that this is why in-disciplinary acts should not be tolerated and condoned but dealt with speedily and ruthlessly in order to send the signal to any other persons who intend to involve themselves in such acts.

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