The 6th graduation ceremony of woman army cadets took place at the Officer Training School (Army) in Hmawbi, Yangon Region, yesterday, where the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, delivered a speech.
Before giving his speech, the Senior General received the salute of the cadets on the parade grounds and observed their military parade. He then conferred an award to the most outstanding graduate of the 6th intake, Cadet Yamin Inzali.
In his speech, the Senior General said they opened the woman army cadet training course in order to offer inclusive opportunities for women to serve in defending the nation. He said female soldiers are trained to have equal duties and positions with male soldiers in serving the nation, all part of modernizing the Tatmadaw.
The Senior General said women have always played important roles in successive generations and have caught up with men to shine in such fields as social affairs, business, politics and even astrophysics. He urged the cadets to uphold traditions and dutifully fulfill tasks assigned for the Tatmadaw and the nation. He also urged them to continually improve themselves and become a source of strength for the Tatmadaw and country.
Next, the Senior General received the salute of the graduating company of cadets and left the parade grounds. He then met outstanding cadet Yamin Inzali, best marksman cadet Aye Htet Htet Hlaing and their parents and congratulated them.
Later in the evening, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla attended the dinner honouring the 6th graduation of woman army cadets at the Union Hall of the same training school.
Present at the ceremony were the Senior General’s wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, Union Minister for Defence Lt-Gen Sein Win and wife, C-in-C of Navy Admiral Tin Aung San and wife, C-in-C of Air Force General Maung Maung Kyaw and wife, Tatmadaw officials from C-in-C of Defence Services Office and their wives, the Commander of Yangon Command, the commandant of the training school, officials from Yangon cantonment, invited guests, and the families and relatives of the graduating cadets. Earlier in the afternoon, the Senior General delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of a three-storey building for Yangon Tatmadaw hospital’s advanced diagnostic and cancer treatment department.
In addition, the Senior General received the Upper House MP and the Chief Representative of Komeito party of Japan Mr Yamaguchi Natsuo at the Zayathiri Beikman in Yangon, according to news released by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services. —MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)