- The Nigerian Air Force has commenced training of another batch of Special Forces (SF) personnel
- According to NAF spokesperson the training was inaugurated on Wednesday, October 9 at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC) Annex in Bauchi
- The spokesperson added that the NAF has since trained about 1,000 officers since 2015
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has commenced the training of another batch of Special Forces (SF) personnel to intensify efforts to address the challenges of insecurity in the country.
This was made known in a statement signed and released by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF’s director of public relations and information, on Thursday, October 10.
According to the spokesperson, the SF Course 5/2019 was inaugurated on Wednesday, October 9, at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC) Annex in Bauchi.
Daramola explained that the course is the first to be conducted at the newly established RTC Annex in Bauchi, adding that the location was chosen to enable the trainees to acclimatise to the arid conditions prevalent in the northeast and also to decongest the RTC’s main training facility in Kaduna.
AVM Idi Amin, the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), said during the inauguration that the training was another NAF leadership efforts in capacity building.
He described the training as a demonstration of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar’s, commitment to repositioning the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force.
Also speaking, Commandant RTC Annex Bauchi, Wing Commander Kehinde Akinyosade, commended the CAS for convening the course and for his efforts in improving the infrastructure development at the NAF Base Bauchi.
Legit.ng gathers that the course curriculum entails intensive training in shooting skills, unarmed combat, navigation, field tactics, communications, endurance and swimming, amongst others.
Certified graduates of the course are expected to join the NAF SF which is also known as the “Panthers”.
Daramola added that about 1,000 officers have been trained for specialized operations since 2015.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Nigerian Air Force would begin its direct short service commission medical special recruitment throughout the country.
To be eligible for the ongoing employment, candidates must first be Nigerian, not less than 1.66 metres in height and not above 40 years in age.
As part of qualifications for recruitment, applicants must have degrees in at least one of the following fields: general medicines/dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, radiography, dietitians, medical laboratory science, medical physiotherapy and health information management.
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