Following the successful military operations in the East, the Army has launched an unprecedented mass recruitment drive.
`Following the successful recruitment drive early this year we have commenced a fresh drive to recruit a new batch since early this month mainly for the Army`s Air Mobile Brigade and the Mechanized Infantry Brigade,` Military Spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe told the Daily Mirror yesterday.
According to the latest statistics, the response so far has been good and recruiting is underway at recruiting centres islandwide.
`We have recruited some 8,000 new recruits for the forces early this year and their training period would come to an end soon,` Brigadier Samarasinghe said.
In addition to the 8,000 new recruits, some 5,000 personnel, who had gone on retirement after completing 12 years in the force and those who deserted their posts rejoined the Army within the same period. Meanwhile, the elite Police force ? the Special Task Force has also launched a fresh drive to recruit some 530 police constables.
`The recruitment drive is underway and the response has been very good so far,` STF Commandant DIG Nimal Lewke told the Daily Mirror yesterday. He said the training of 100 Sub-Inspectors was almost over and the new recruits will commence their training soon after. Following the several successful military operations in the eastern theatre, thousands of new recruits have applied to join both the STF and the Army, he said.