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Ex-Maoist fighters commissioned as NA officers

  Set to receive insignia at a ceremony attended by army brass‚ leaders‚ diplomatic community

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: As part of the final step of the integration process of Maoist combatants, some six dozen former rebels selected for the posts of officer-cadets have been formally commissioned into the Nepali Army.

After successfully completing the basic military training of nine months, a total of 70 former combatants will be presented insignia of lieutenant rank during a special ceremony at the Nepali Military Academy in Kharipati, Bhaktapur. Chairman of the interim election government Khil Raj Regmi will observe their passing-out parade, which will be attended by army echelons, members of the dissolved Special Committee (for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of former fighter) and representatives from parties, diplomatic community and media will also be present.

“The event will mark the successful conclusion of Maoist combatants integration which is a major component of peace process,” said Army Spokesperson Brig Suresh Raj Sharma. The then commander of Maoist’s People’s Liberation Army Nanda Kishore Pun described the event as the final phase of the integration process and lauded the political parties and the NA for their contribution in leading the process towards a logical conclusion.

Of the 71 former combatants selected for the officer’s rank in September, only one could not complete the military training owing to his health condition.

Altogether 66 males and four female fighters completed the nine-month training at the Kharipati Academy. Out of 70 officer-cadets, one will be given the post of colonel, two will be promoted to the post of lieutenant colonel, 16 to the post of major, 30 as captains and the rest 21 will continue as lieutenants. Brig Sharma said all the 70 officer-cadets should join a three-month bridging course before they are given the higher posts as per the earlier decision.

After completing the seven-month training, a total of 1,352 former combatants had formally entered the junior ranks of the national army in July.


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• Of the 71 former ex-combatants selected for the officer rank in September, only one could not complete the military training owing to his health condition.

• Altogether 66 males and four female former fighters completed the nine-month training at the Kharipati Academy

• Of 70 officer-cadets, one will be given the post of colonel, two will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel, 16 to the post of major, 30 to captains and the rest 21 will continue as lieutenants

• All the 70 officer-cadets will got through a three-month bridging course

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