THE 5th graduation ceremony of woman army cadets took place at the Officer Training School (Army) in Hmawbi, Yangon Region, yesterday, with a speech by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Before giving his speech, the Senior General received the salute of the cadets on the parade ground.
In his speech, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing praised the role of women in the world, saying that outstanding women are found at the top positions in the field of politics as well as in the civil service.
Myanmar is encouraging the role of women while promoting the role of women is among the top topics at the global forums including at the United Nations, he said.
It has been found that the role of women in the armed forces in the world has improved and they have assumed high-ranking positions, he said.
To promote the role of women in the Tatmadaw, the armed forces has produced women officers and at present, six women pilots have become the first fighter pilots of Myanmar, said the Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Meanwhile, female military officers of the Tatmadaw have shown their outstanding skills by bringing gold medals from the ASEAN shooting contest every year to the country, he said.
He urged the graduating female officers to carry out their duties bravely and diligently.
Myanmar is home to all ethnic people and the constitution of the country guarantees equal rights to all ethnic groups, and regional development works are being carried in their regions, he said.
At present, the Tamadaw has suspended military operations until 30 April, 2019, and ethnic armed groups are urged to take part in the peace making process if they wanted democracy and development of the country, said Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
In his concluding remarks, he said the Tatmadaw would keep on taking part in development and peace process of the country.He urged the graduating officers to be mindful of their manners so as not to hinder the goal of the country nor to tarnish the image of the Tatmadaw,
The Senior General received the salute of the graduating company of cadets and left the parade grounds.
After the ceremony, the Senior General gave words of advice and congratulations to award-winning cadets and their parents. In the evening, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla attended the dinner in honour of the 5th graduation of female army cadets, according to the news released by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services.
(Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)