The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), on Saturday said it has successfully concluded exercise Camp Highland with tactical phase inoculation in Kachia, Kaduna State.
The exercise which began on July 5, at Heipang and Shere Hills in Jos Plateau State, climaxed at 810 metres altitude table hill in Kachia.
The drill was the final outdoor exercise for Army Cadets 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46.
The former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Martin Luther Agwai, who spoke at the occasion, enjoined the cadets to use the skills they acquired to serve the Nigerian Army and the country.
Agwai reminded the cadets that their loyalty was to the military and the country, adding that: “It must not be questionable as they sub-ordinate themselves to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
General Agwai charged the cadets to excel wherever they find themselves through self learning and be abreast of military development as well as exhibit good leadership qualities.
On his part, the Director Military Training in the Academy, Brigadier General Jimmy Akpor said the Exercise Camp Highland was designed to assess cadets’ understanding of operations, administrative and logistic concepts.
He said what they have been taught will lead to their suitability for commissioning into the Nigerian Army as combatant officers, while the battle inoculation will expose them to battle situation which involves firing of live ammunition of various weapons on selected targets.
The battle inoculation is the climax of the three-week exercise Camp Highland, which exposed the cadets to rigorous training at Jos and Kachia, preparatory to their eventual commissioning into the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Highlight of the event was the firing of ammunition by officers and men of the Army.
The Army Cadets 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46 are expected to be commissioned in October.