15th January 2016 22:07:25 Hours
The Passing out parade of the Drill Instructors’ Course No 109, conducted by the Combat Training School (CTS) at Ampara on the directions of the Commander of the Army took place on Thursday (14) in a colourful night ceremony, a feature that kicked off for the first time in the history of CTS.
Under the supervision of Brigadier M.A.S.K. Muhandiram, Commandant, CTS, the ceremony was conducted with the participation of senior officers.
A total of 96 drill instructors – 93 male and 03 female, who followed the course which commenced on 05 October 2015, received their drill instructor badges from Brigadier Muhandiram.
Afterwards, a colourful drill display was staged by the newly graduated drill instructors.
During the event, special awards were presented to the drill instructors who have performed exceptionally well during the course.
Sergeant T.P.K. Karunarathne of 8 Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) secured the first place of the course while Sergeant C.P.C. Pradeep Kumara of 2 Special Forces (SF) was adjudged the best in Personal Drill and Instructor Ability. Sergeant D.R.K. Dissanayake of 7 Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA) became the best in Theoretical Knowledge.