Bokamoso Mazebedi, one of the recruit privates who graduated from a Private Basic Military Training Course at Sir Seretse Khama Barracks in Mogoditshane last week, was awarded two excellence accolades, namely Best in Military Subjects and Best Overall Student.
Speaking to Global Post, Mazebedi said the awards are a sign of resilience, hard work and submission that helped him through an intensive military training programme. “I was abiding by the rules and taking them as they are,” he said.
The Botswana Defence Force was welcoming 348 recruit privates to its rank and file from Intake 72 of 2017/2018. A total of 267 males and 81 females graduated to become fully fledged soldiers ready to embark on a professional arms career. However, three of the 348 recruit privates did not make it to the pass out parade since they were expelled for indiscipline.
Addressing the new members of the army, Major General Molefhi Seikano thanked the recruit privates for joining what he called a noble and unique profession of arms , He told them that their duty is to “defend the territorial integrity as well as to safeguard the sovereignty of Botswana”.
General Seikano said the new and energetic soldiers will help address national security challenges that have tremendously evolved from traditional security threats to the multi-dimensional threats that the country is experiencing today, including cross-border crime like transnational poachers, cattle rustlers and other criminals who use ungazetted crossing points to trade in contraband.
He emphasised discipline in the force, saying it is the bedrock on which the foundations of the profession of arms are laid.
Meanwhile, due to what is believed to have been fatigue and excessive heat, an unidentified recruit private fainted during the pass out parade.