12 February 2013

Liberia: Army Deserters Warned

The keynote speaker of this year's Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Mr. George Wallace has warned against desertion in the Armed Forces of Liberia.

The warning comes amidst reports of several soldiers leaving the army for greener pasture after they have acquired their training facilities by the Liberian government and donor partners.

Ambassador Wallace's warning comes in the middle of consistent media reports that many enlisted men of the Armed Forces of Liberia were abandoning the military due to the lack of attractive incentives and salary increment.

The former Foreign Minister who is also Advisor on Foreign Affairs to the President's, warned both individuals serving within the army and those who intended to join the army that the military is not a place for job seeking but rather a call to national service and loyalty to the state.

"For sometimes now we've been hearing constant media reports that some personnel of the Armed Forces are leaving the army for grainer pasture.

Whether this is true or not, you must be aware that the military is not a place for job seekers" he warned.

Adding "The army is not institution where people pursue wealth, it is not for fashion. The military is a place for sacrificial service of the highest proposals with a standing high risk and difficulties. Yet, is a place for serious people."

The decision to join the army, Ambassador Wallace said, was the right choice made men and women serving in arms, and warned that role of the new army is very important.

He said the selfless role of the army is one that will bring peace and happiness to the Liberian nation, if followed, saying, "by choosing the military over other areas, you've made a big decision. You've chosen to serve humanity and service over personal interest.

"Your role is to defend our national cause within and outside of our boundaries" the Liberian diplomat cautioned AFL soldiers, and warned that such crucial role will be exemplified in the way the army displays its visible and practical attitude.

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