Military Academy to boost its recruitment capacity
Currently, 607 cadets are being trained at the facility, the academy commander, Maj. Gen. Sher Mohammad Zazai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Another 650 soldiers would be recruited next year, he said, adding the academy had the capacity to recruit even more students in case of need.
The National Military Academy is Afghanistan's largest military training centre, where young officers are groomed in law, computer science, engineering and management.
Seventy percent of the work on a new training academy, a US-funded project in Kabul, has been completed, according to the official, who said the facility would take another four months to complete.
He said the current academy building, located on the Chal Merta road, would be handed over to Air Force after the new structure was inaugurated.
He hoped the training centre would help boost its recruitment capacity. Zazai asked the international community to provide modern equipment, citing their lack as a major problem.
"Currently, the US, Turkey and France are assisting the academy," he said. Some other donors have also promised laptops for the trainees.
Zazai called the academy the Afghan army's future. Registered with higher education ministry, students are taught by Kabul University teachers, senior ANA officials and American mentors.
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