A total of sixty-five (65) military students from the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), and Gambian Armed Forces, Nigerian and Ghana Armed Forces have commenced classes at the RSLAF Military Academy in Freetown.
The opening ceremony which took place on Monday 13th January, 2020 at the Horton Academy was witnessed by the Ambassadors of Liberia, Guinea, Cote d’voire, Mali and Togo, Head of ISAT, the Gambian High Commissioner, the Commander Joint Force, and other distinguished guests. The Course which is divided to two phases will end on the 8th May 2020.
The first phase will be driven by the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), whilst the second phase is strictly on military doctrines.
In his welcome address, the Chief Instructor (CI) Horton Academy, Group Captain Philip Joseph Schenks, thanked all those that allocated their time to attend. He welcomed the students and promised them a wonderful time at the Academy. He assured the students that at the end of the course some of them will be going as Company Commanders, whilst others will be staff officers. The CI further referenced the current situation at SAHEL Region and gave an update about deaths of soldiers and civilians in conflict areas within the African Continents. The CI also confirmed that the ISC is designed mainly to prepare military officers for mid-level command, staff and management roles. He further advised students that the course is tailored to equally enhance the knowledge of personnel from other government departments and agencies on leadership, management and administrative duties. He concluded by encouraging the students to be well prepared and punctual throughout the course as professional ethics is the foundation of Horton Academy. He also assured the students that the Course will capacitate them with tools to enhance professional expertise under any working condition.
The Director of Studies at the Horton Academy, Lieutenant Colonel Martin Travers reiterated that the students should make use of such an opportunity as this day is special in history. He also encouraged the students to be more courageous and forget all what took place in their Country. Lieutenant Colonel Martin warned the students to take individual responsibility serious as the Academy is designed to equip officers with the required skills as Staff Officers and Company Commanders
The Guest of Honor, Major General Sullay Sesay who is the Commander Joint Force in his key note address welcomed the foreign students and advised all to take the Course serious. He noted that the course will be divided to two phases respectively wherein phase 1 will be done by both military and civilian counterparts and phase 2 will be strictly for military personnel. He also stated that the |Course will be daunting, challenging and stressful but needs time and stress management.
He revealed that the knowledge gained will not be dumped but put in operational and tactical level. In conclusion, he encouraged the foreign students to explore and enjoy the beauty of Sierra Leone.