Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Maha Thray Sithu Min Aung Hlaing addressed the graduation ceremony of the 20th batch of the Defence Services Technology Academy (DSTA) in PyinOoLwin yesterday.
First, the Senior General took the salute of the graduate cadet battalions and inspected them. Next, the cadet battalions saluted the Senior General with a slow-march and a quick-march.
The Senior General then presented the Best Cadet Award to Cadet Thaw Lwin Oo, Outstanding Award in Training to Cadet Yan Naing Phyo and Outstanding Award in Literature to Cadet Hlaing Myo Thet.
In his address, the Senior General encouraged the graduating cadets to work hard to become outstanding engineers as the nation and the Tatmadaw are working in accord with the motto ‘Skills of engineers is strength of Tatmadaw’ to establish a modern military. He said the duty to protect the nation encompasses recognizing the threats to the nation’s sovereignty and the benefits of the citizens, government and the nation. He said the Tatmadaw was participating in a national political leadership role to ensure the path to a multi-party democracy system is not lost due to the effects of political history of the nation.
The Senior General said there were domestic and foreign groups working to undermine the role of the Tatmadaw and it was important to be ever vigilant as they may aim to completely disintegrate the Tatmadaw. He said that by observing international examples of military disintegration, it is usually followed by the desolation of politics, the economy and society, people becoming devoid of living standards and loss of security in national sovereignty and border control.
He said the Tatmadaw was working to make itself more modernized and on par with international institutions, and to do this requires bright and outstanding people. He said it is as important for a solider to train and learn to handle weapons as it is to be morally upright and have true beliefs.
After reviewing the graduate cadets, the Senior General met with three outstanding cadets and their parents and praised them for their efforts.
In the evening, the Senior General and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, Union Minister Lt-Gen Sein Win and wife, along with other officers and their wives, the graduating cadets and their families, and invited guests attended a graduation dinner, according to news released from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services.
—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)