128 army officers graduate
2 July 2018
One hundred and twenty eight army officers were conferred with certificates at a joint graduation ceremony for Mechanised Brigade units and Combat groups courses held at School of Armour, Mechanised Brigade Headquarters, Inkomo Barracks in Zvimba last Friday.
Among the 128 officers who graduated, 17 trained for troop leaders’ course, 30 for troop 2ICS’ course and 81 for crew commanders’ course.
Among the graduands, 31 were females.
In his speech, guest of honour Brigadier General Stanley Mangena said these courses equip the officers with skills required in carrying out mandated duties in peace and wartime.
“Judging from what I have witnessed today, I am quite convinced that you have fully utilised the time and resources that were allotted to you to the best of your ability.
“It shows that you have grasped the necessary concepts and skills that are required during mechanised operations.
“It is crucial to emphasise that wartime performance is a direct measure of the input and effort that we put on training.
“You all managed to put into practice the theoretical aspect of what you have been taught and is the spirit which we need since a practical soldier is key to the achievement of better results, be it in peace or wartime,” he said.
Brigadier General Mangena told officers the importance of attending a course, is not to enhance your chances for promotion but to improve your professional knowledge.
“Military courses are meant to improve your professional knowledge but not to enhance your promotion.
“It is through such courses that you enhance your performance in man and equipment management in order for your units and the ZNA at large to remain at the expected level of combat readiness that is commensurate to a 21st century army.
“I urge you to go and put into good use of what you have been learning since the beginning of this year.
“It is encouraging to note that female students were equal to the task as their male counterparts and I want them to remain focused on future courses and when performing any assigned tasks,” he said.
The graduating officers have been warned to desist from unethical needs and were urged to disciplined and loyal to the nation. .
The students who performed exceptionally are 2ndLt Copius Mugabe who was named the overall best student on troop leaders course, Sgt Victor Gwezuva on troop 2ICS’ course and Corporal Tirivanhu Muzavazi on crew commanders course.