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Army tests personnel on weapons handling

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army has began testing its personnel proficiency on weapon handling, map reading among others for effective military operations.

The competition for the corporals and below would engage them in obstacles crossing, drill, map reading, shooting competition, physical fitness and combat swimming from April 25 to 28 in Lagos.

Leadership traits

The General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Major General Ebenezer Oyefolu said the competition would improve the soldiers’ leadership traits.

Military training is often assumed to produce greater dedication, decisiveness, loyalty, leadership and technical proficiencyNo matter the sophistication of the weapons and equipment, the mission goals cannot be realised, if the users are not trained.

In effect, training is the critical element that builds and sustains professionalism,” General Oyefolu stated.

He said this year’s competition was organised with the aim of improving junior leadership traits.

The competition could not have come at a better time considering the recent casualties and incidences recorded when the patrol teams were ambushed at Ijedodo and Ishawo, Lagos.

The reaction of the troops during these encounters necessitated more intensive training of this nature,” he explained.

The units partaking in this competition include 9 Brigade ( the host ), 35 Artillery Brigade, 45 Division Engineers and 81 Division Garrison.

Source: Voice of Nigeria