Monday, June 21, 2010‘Every day I work for Afghanistan’ cried Nasrah Khan, as he raised his Best Student Certificate above his head for his comrades to see. The graduates applauded as Khan turned and saluted General Malouk as he marched off the stage.
General Malouk, Commander 215 Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) was Guest of Honour at the ceremony which saw 100 recruits graduate from the Joint Security Academy South West (JSAS) at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand.
The course is run by the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Force and is based on a successful training programme run by the Marines in Iraq. The Academy takes recruits who have volunteered to train with the Marines and turns them into ANA Warriors (the name given to ANA privates).
The Academy aims to train up to 1,200 high quality Warriors and uniformed Policemen at a time. The eight week course covers subjects which include ethics, the Afghan constitution and infantry skills.
Major General Mills, the Marine Expeditionary Force Commander
(3rd from left) attends the Graduation ceremony