A total of 4390 Army recruits from twenty Army training schools across the island showed their physical fitness, endurance and talents after staging a 12-km walk along the streets in respective areas on Sunday (7).
Hundreds of recruits including females from Diyatalawa, Boossa, Henanigala, Sandunpura, Dehiattakandiya, Pangolla, Wedithalathivu, Panagoda, Karandeniya, Maberitenna, Kallettewa, Saliyapura, Ipalogama, Puttalum, Kekirawa, Mudungoda, Medawachchiya, Ambepussa and a few other formations conducted the walk beginning at 8.30 a.m. and completed it before 1.00 p.m.
Major cities like Diyatalawa, Galle, Mahiyanganaya, Kurunegala, Vavuniya, Homagama, Ambalangoda, Kandy, Anuradhapura and Warakapola were covered during this walk which was a new experience to both recruits and the general public. Female recruits meanwhile covered only a distance of 6 km in the arrangement.
Those recruits, engaged in the walk showed their high levels of discipline, endurance, proper conduct, collective spirits and determined self-reliance and attracted the wide public attention.
The new initiative, a measure intended to create awareness among the public on the roles and tasks of an Army recruit, came about following a proposal, made by Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Army.
Senior officers in respective schools were present at the inauguration of the walk.