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16th September 2020 10:00:04 Hours

Graduate Training Course in All Seven SFHQs & Training Centres Now On

The ‘Leadership and Motivation’ training programme for 50,000 newly-recruited graduates, to be implemented under five phases began on Monday (14) in 51 island-wide Army Centers including Security Force HQs, Regimental HQs and Training Schools, battalions consequent upon guidance given by Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army.

Each one-month long phase of the project absorbs 10,000 graduates at a time and it will be continued for five months in keeping with HE the President’s ‘Saubhagyaye Dekma’ (Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour) policy statement. Among those selected are some pregnant and disabled graduates who need close attention and guidance, prompting the Army to lend special attention.

The first batch of those 10,000 graduates during the inaugural occasion in all Training Centres at first made religious observances of Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu and Islamic faiths, sang the national anthem and listened to welcome remarks of respective Project Coordinators.

In Jaffna, 166 of those graduates began their training inside the 12 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment camp in Aiyyakachchi under the supervision of Major General Senarath Bandra, Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna.

On the directions of Major General Dhammika Jayasinghe, Commander, Security Forces - Wanni, a total of 2114 graduates started training in 12 Wanni-based Training Centres, inclusive of the Gajaba Regiment Regimental Centre, Mechanized Infantry Regiment School, 10 Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA) camp, 14 SLA camp, 4 Sri Lanka Signal Corps camp, 6 Sri Lanka Light Infantry camp, Centre for Vocational Training, Armoured Corps Training Centre at Kalattewa, Engineer Service Training School in Galayaya, Sri lanka Army Recruit Training Centre and 3 SLASC camp in Thisawewa. Among them are 1923 females and one Buddhist monk.

Meanwhile, 11 Training Centres under the Security Force HQ-East are conducting training for 2317 graduates, inclusive of 1319 lady graduates. Those East-based training establishments include 4 Special Forces at Trincomalee, Army Training School - Maduru Oya, Infantry Training Centre - Minneriya, Combat Training School - Ampara, Army School Logistic - Trincomalee, School of Artillery, School of Military Police, 4 Sri Lanka Armoured Corps Training School, Sri Lanka Army Woman Recruits Training Centre - Sandunpura, Sri Lanka Army Recruit Training Centre - Sandunpura and 23 Division Battalion Training School - Punani and training is conducted under the supervision of Major General Chinthaka Gamage, Commander, Security Forces-East.

Only three Training Centres are conducting training in Kilinochchi under the Security Force HQ - Kilinochchi for 216 graduates (males101 females 115). 9 Sri Lanka Signal Corps camp, 5 Sri Lanka Military Police camp and the Bharathipuram camp under the supervision of Major General Sampath Kotuwegoda, Commander, SF-KLN are conducting the training

Likewise, the Security Force HQ-Mullaittivu with its one Training Centre is running the programme for 82 graduates (52 males 30 females) in the 59 Division HQ in Mullaittivu under the close supervision of Major General Jagath Rathnayake, Commander, Security Forces - Mullaittivu.

The Security Force HQ-West has set up 16 training centres. Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) Sri Lanka Armoured Corps (SLAC) - Modera, RHQ Sri Lanka Artillery - Panagoda (PNG), RHQ Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) - PNG, RHQ Sri Lanka Signal Corps (SLSC) - PNG, RHQ Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) - PNG, RHQ Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) - Ambepussa, RHQ Gemunu Watch (GW) - Kuruvita, RHQ Vijayabhahu Infantry Regiment (VIR) - Boyagane, Commando Regiment (CR) - Ganemulla, RHQ Sri Lanka Ordnance Corps (SLAOC) - Dombagoda, RHQ Sri Lanka General Service Corps (SLAGSC) - PNG, 5 SLAC - Pangolla, School of SLE - Embilipitiya, SLAGSC Training School Kuttigala, Reinforcement Battalion SLLI - Bossa, School of Ordnance - Dombagoda are now training 2821 graduates (307 males 2514 females) under the supervision of Major General Chula Abeynayake, Commander, Security Forces -West.

7 Training Centres under the SFHQ-Central are meanwhile giving training to 854 (163 males 688 females and 03 monks). 5 SLLI - Pallekele, 5 GW - Wellawaya, Volunteer Force Training School - Diyathalawa (DLA), Marksmanship and Sniper Training School - DLA, School of Sri Lanka Signal Corps - Boowelikada, 2 Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) - DLA, and the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Gannoruwa under the supervision of Major General Keerthi Costa, Commander, Security Forces-Central are going ahead with this special training.

The leadership and motivation programme launched under five independent but inter-related modules by way of lectures, discussions, outdoor training activities, team building activities, study tours, capability studies and field studies is expected to energize the public sector contribution in a dynamic way. Army Training Establishments, University Grant Commission, Ministry of Home Affairs, Selected State & Private Sectors and a few more state agencies work closely with the project. The Army Headquarters will also liaise with the Presidential Secretariat and the Ministry of Defence to obtain strategic guidance for the conceptualization of this graduate training programme throughout all those five months. The liaison for the training programme will be provided by the Directorate of Training at the Army Headquarters with all stakeholders at various levels.

The short-term goal of this endeavour is to develop an energetic, target-oriented, disciplined and efficient workforce that is capable of providing a high-quality public sector service to all citizens of the country, based on leadership skills and traits, team spirit and competencies. Similarly, long-term objectives to be achieved in less than five years include the development of value-based public sector workforce, efficient mechanisms, transformation of attitudes and approaches, development of ‘working culture’ in society, recognition of public sector service, identification and evaluation of ongoing operational aspects, etc.