13 February 2013

Liberia: Compulsory Military Training Recommended - Armed Forces Day Speaker Says Current Number Small

The Keynote Speaker at the 56th Armed Forces Day Celebration has recommended to the 53rd National Legislature to put in place legislation for compulsory military training for able body men, especially Liberians.

Ambassador George W. Wallace said if the 53rd National Legislature will consider his recommendation and enact said into law, a one year military training or preparation should also be considered.

He noted that a military college be established to offer advance courses to provide career path for soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia after retirement.

Ambassador Wallace, who served the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1956, said during the 1960s every Liberian citizen received military training.

Speaking further, the Liberian lawyer called on the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime to consider creating a Navy and Air Force in order to provide defensive posture for coastal land the air space, adding that said mood would help also to provide protection for the oil and gas facilities of the coast of the country.

Ambassador Wallace recommended that the Ministry of National Defense establish a National Museum as camp catholic to keep and reserve military materials including uniforms, arms and ammunitions displaying new Armed Forces of Liberia today's achievements and accomplishments.

The Career Diplomat challenged the Liberian Government to increase salaries of men and women of the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL) to meet international standard, adding that Engineering Unit or battalion of the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL) be up graded to participate and undertake civil works to support the transformation period.

For her Armed Forces Day Message, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disclosed that the Uniform Code of Military Justice has been adopted to ensure due process for each and every personnel of the national army (AFL).

According to President Sirleaf, a Liberian with military background has been appointed Director of the Legal Affairs of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in supportive of some AFL personnel who are trained as legal aids under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

"Additional Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), soldiers are attending the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia to form the center of the future Court Marshall and the Appeal Board," President Sirleaf said.

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