39th batch of EMIA trainees christened “Unity & Patriotism”.

The 39th batch of cadet officers of the Combined Services Military Academy, EMIA, have been christened the batch of “Unity and Patriotism”.

The name of the batch was unveiled Friday September 15. This during a solemn ceremony at the ceremonial ground of the Headquarters Brigade in Yaounde.

The christening ceremony which unfolded in strict respect of military rituals and tradition, was presided over by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo. 

This was on the high instructions of the Head of State, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Paul Biya. 

Present at the ceremony was the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rene Claude Meka, top brass of the military high command, special guests, family members and friends of the cadet officers. 

The event marked the end of one year of intensive probationary training for the cadet officers at EMIA as part of their three-year training programme. 

The Unity and Patriotism batch is made up of 295 cadet officers from Cameroon and five other friendly countries including, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Central African Republic, and the Republic of Congo. 

The cadet officers were invited into the ceremonial ground for the ritual by the Commander of EMIA, who doubled as troops commander at the event, Colonel Roger Nang Zengue.

Equipped with their swords, the cadet officers displayed skills acquired at EMIA, before getting on their knees for the proclamation of their christening name by Minister Beti Assomo. 

“On behalf of the President of the Republic, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the 39th batch of the Combined Services Military Academy is christened Unity and Patriotism,” Minister Beti Assomo declared. 

As per EMIA tradition, each batch is given a baptismal name. The name is revealed during a christening ceremony which is organised following instructions of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Paul Biya. 

The naming of batches of trainees serves as a reference for the identification and order of succession of the various batches. 

The choice of name is inspired either by the political context at the time of its attribution or in memory of soldiers who have particularly distinguished themselves by their exploits. 

It is a reference which serves as a motivation and a line of conduct to those bearing the name. 

The baptismal name of the 39th batch of EMIA trainees has been described as timely, given the current security challenges facing the country. 

It has also been seen as a call for the officers of the 39th batch to be exemplary patriots in the discharge of their duties to protect citizens and their property and protect the unity of the country.

 

Enter EMIA commander, cadet officers 

Speaking after the christening ritual, the Commander of EMIA, Colonel Roger Nang Zengue, assured reporters that the training of 39th batch is unfolding smoothly. 

Commenting on the baptismal name of the batch, Colonel Nang Zengue, said: “For us, it is a name that takes into account the socio-economic reality of the country at the moment, with secessionists and people who want to divide the country, as you know”. 

One of the cadet officers, Nembo Chanseline, said the christening name of their batch is a call for her to be a patriot.  

“As a patriot, we need to fight and defend the unity of Cameroon,” the cadet officer said.  

Her message was echoed by another cadet officer, Abdoul Latif-Babya Dan, who, said christening name is a call for them to do their utmost in contributing to the unity of the country.

 

Specificities of the 39th batch 

The batch has 59 female personnel. The 39th batch of EMIA, it should be noted, was the first to march at the 20 May Boulevard after five months of training and the second batch, since the creation of EMIA to be trained in Tchabbal in Ngaoundere, Adamawa Region of the country. 

The batch is equally the first to undergo an impregnation course on Special Forces commando technics in Tchabbal.

 

 

About the training 

The training of the 39th batch of cadet officers started on November 29, 2021. 

The three-year training is designed in four stages with the aim to forge the future officers with physical, moral, intellectual, citizen and technical capacities to enable them better accomplish their missions. 

The cadet officers have so far completed the probationary year which focused on common basic training and group leader training in Tchabbal in the Adamwa Region. 

These two phases aimed at developing all military aptitudes in the cadet officers with particular emphasis laid on physical training and basic combat skills to enable the officers efficiently command a team and to conduct the defined instructions necessary to develop the skills to command a combat squad.

They will also be drilled on forest inoculation training course in Motcheboum in the East Region, Automobile Driving Course aimed to give them basic skills and reflexes necessary for driving. 

The cadet officers will also undergo technics on commando training in Tchabbal for 30 days with particularity to give them basics on commando operations which necessitates a high level of training and concentration.

Also on the training programme is hazing and theoretical courses to be done in Yaounde to enable them develop and reinforce the spirit of discipline, and moral strength to be able to transcend all obstacles, self-transcendence and perseverance, physical and intellectual alertness, the sense of duty and responsibility, spirit of camaraderie and tolerance. 

The trainees will also under counter terrorism and commando training course in Man O’war Bay to enable them understand terrorist threats, acquire skills and practice drills as well as theoretical course in Yaounde to acquire general military knowledge and field study in Ngaoundal to put to practice the theoretical knowledge, maintain physical fitness, and usage of individual and collective arms. 

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