His Majesty The King graced the Attestation Parade of the 77th group of Recruits to the Royal Bhutan Army at the Military Training Centre (MTC) in Tencholing, Wangduephodrang. Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel accompanied His Majesty The King.
The event marks a milestone in the military history of Bhutan, with the first batch of women recruits being trained in the Royal Bhutan Army. 151 men and 150 women have completed their yearlong training at the MTC and will now be posted to the various wings of the RBA across the country.
The event was also attended by the Prime Minister and the Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army.
As we are all gathered here on this auspicious day to celebrate your success, which is the result of your efforts and collective prayers, I am pleased to wish you all Tashi Delek.
We take this opportunity to remember all the men and women who have ever served in the armed forces, and express our gratitude to them as well as to those who are currently in service.
The Armed Forces have always served the country and people with steadfastness, enduring all manner of hardships in the line of duty. The breadth of their service to the nation at all times, and particularly during times of great importance, cannot be described in words.
Since last year, the Armed Forces were tasked with training unprecedented numbers of De-Suups so that our youth could be empowered to serve the nation during the pandemic. It is an achievement of the Armed Forces that close to 18,000 De-Suups have been trained in centers across the country within a short period of time.
The ability of our Armed Forces to always serve the nation with uncompromised dedication derives from the exceptional unity and cohesiveness within our military. It is said that even the strongest vessel cannot cross a mere stream if those on the boat fail to work in harmony. However, with the right coordination, we can navigate oceans.