KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan army cadets undergoing training at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun say they are satisfied with their training course and have no problem there.
They told this to Afghan journalists who visited IMA, about 300km from New Delhi, the Indian capital.
A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter was among the 13-member group that had been invited by the Indian External Affairs Ministry to visit the academy and other places.
Currently 107 Afghan National Army (ANA) cadets, all men, are undergoing training at IMA. The four-year training also include horse-riding and swimming.
Speaking on behalf of other Afghan cadets, Islamuddin said he was undergoing training at IMA over the past four years. “We have no problem here. We are being imparted basic training. I am about to graduate.”
He said each cadet was given monthly stipend as pocket money to meet daily needs. “We are served food and rest rooms by the academy.” Islamuddin said the Afghans would graduate as second lieutenants.
A mentor of the Afghan cadets, Maj. Kambiz Asmati said each Afghan cadet was imparted essential military training for eleven months of a year.
“We have a swimming pool here. Every cadet is obliged to jump into the pool from a 10-metre height. If a cadet could not jump once a semester, he is failed and on repeated failure, he is expelled from the academy.”
On graduation, the Afghan cadets are directly introduced to the Afghan Ministry of Defence’s foreign affairs section, Asmati said. After investigation into their documents, the cadets were awarded ranks and deployed at duty stations after a draw, he added.
He said the Afghans were also taught about patriotism. “Where you from?” Astamti yelled at the Afghan cadets who shouted: “Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Afghanistan.”
He said so far 3000 Afghan cadets had graduated from IMA, the biggest number of cadets graduating from a foreign academy.