Forty-seven new recruits join defence forces


Brigadier Payet inspecting the new recruits
Brigadier Payet inspecting the new recruits

They took their oath of allegiance yesterday afternoon during a passing-out ceremony held at the Seychelles Defence Academy (SDA) on South-East Island.

Present for the event were chief of defence forces Brigadier Leopold Payet, chief of staff Colonel Clifford Roseline, other SPDF senior officers, family and friends of the new recruits.

The recruits, who were recruited in February and March this year, were each presented with the national flag before Deacon Louis Agathine gave them blessings.
The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of awards to the best students in both batches.

Nel Hypolite was awarded for being the best academic recruit in the first group while the same award went to Daniel Magloire from the second group.

The overall best recruit in the first batch went to Joesa Savy and Terrence Tamboo from the second group.

Steven Boniface received the award for the best outdoor recruit in group one and Adrian Barbé from group two.
The academy has also hosted various other courses to improve and develop personnel who are already in service. Those who took part in those courses received their certificates during the passing-out ceremony.

L/CPL Maria Steven received the award as the best overall performer from the group who took part in the junior non-commissioned officers.
The best overall performer award from the drivers’ cadre group went to Pt Darel Marianne.

Brigadier Payet congratulated the new recruits for having joined the forces and making the decision to defend their country.
He called on the young men and women to develop a positive attitude towards their work and their continuous studies.

“Your progress in the force will depend entirely on the vow and I am convinced that you will all succeed,” he added.

During the ceremony, officer cadet Gerard Wong-Pool who followed his basic officers’ infantry course carried out at the Tanzania Military Academy, was commissioned.
He was also awarded the best foreign student of his intake at the Tanzanian academy.

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