The National Cadet Corps (NCC) recently commissioned 21 Tamil speaking Probationary Officers of the NCC as Second Lieutenants, with the aim of strengthening the cadet movement in the Northern area as a part of extending equal opportunities to Tamil school children of the North.
Cadetting was a very popular extra-curricular activity in leading schools of Jaffna in the past. But since the 1980 s cadetting just faded due to the escalation of violence and forcible recruitment of school children as child soldiers by LTTE terrorists.
With the eradication of LTTE terrorism from the motherland, it became the responsibility of the government to develop and enhance the inherent skills of the school children through inculcating discipline and proper training. Under the guidance of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa and on the instructions of Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Director National Cadet Corps Major General Gamini Jayasundara RWP RSP acted promptly and took measures to reactivate cadetting in the North.
Accordingly new teachers from North and East were recruited for cadet officer courses and were trained as Probationary Officers. After completing one year field training they are commissioned as second Lieutenants. The newly commissioned Second Lieutenants cadet officers are presently serving in schools in the Mullaitivu, Vauniya and Jaffna districts.
The Commissioning of these 21 Tamil Probationary Officers as Second Lieutenants was held at the NCC Headquarters on 20th June under the guidance of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa
The commissioning ceremony was held in the presence of the Director, National Cadet Corps Major General Gamini Jayasundara. Seven senior officers of the NCC were also promoted to the rank of Colonel at the same ceremony. Courtesy: Defence.lk