The Myanmar army—free from fear or favour

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ALMOST every country in the world has an army to defend its sovereignty and protect the lives and property of the people. The only difference is the strength of these armies, which depend on national wealth. The duties of the national army are very similar in that they all defend their countries against foes. However, the duties of these armies differ in that some countries face external foes, while others face internal ones.
It is worth recalling here in this juncture that the Myanmar Tatmadaw was born during the country’s independence struggle. It is a patriotic army, which is different from mercenary armies. Another important factor is that the Myanmar army is made up of people of various backgrounds, including Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bama, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. Another interesting factor is that Myanmar soldiers are not conscripted into the army. Instead, they join the army of their own free will, so they are free from fear or favour. That being the case, our soldiers are dedicated to the national cause, always being willing, able and ready to sacrifice life and limb for the sake of the country.
The complexities of Myanmar’s history and government composition notwithstanding, it is important to give honour where it is due. Therefore, The Global New Light of Myanmar hereby honours the brave, patriotic soldiers for their sacrificing spirit on this auspicious Armed Forces Day.
We would also like to urge people of Myanmar to cooperate with the army in its effort to defend the three main national causes, to ensure long-lasting peace through ceasefire, to ensure stability, unity and development, and to build up a capable Tatmadaw that can effectively defend the national territorial integrity and sovereign power.

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