Terming Bangladesh Army a symbol of pride for the nation, President Abdul Hamid said that the force is much more developed, skilled and smarter now with modern training and equipment.
President Hamid made the remarks while attending the President Parade 2018 of 76th BMA Long Course, organised by Bangladesh Military Academy at Bhatiari in Chattogram.
“Today's Bangladesh Army is a completely different force from what it was a decade ago, considering its infrastructural, strategic and technological aspects. The force is more developed, efficient and smarter with modern training and equipment,” he said.
“In the past nearly 10 years, along with the infrastructural changes, the capacity of army has increased to a great extent. As part of the Forces Goal-2030, necessary weapons and equipment have been collected for its modernisation, alongside building a strong resistance system.”
He also hoped the force will make their presence stronger in the world, with their professional skills, talent and technology.
Praising the force for its role in setting a great example in serving the country alongside the protection of sovereignty and independence, the president said, “The army has played an important role in establishing shelter centres for the displaced Rohingyas of Myanmar, distributing relief and creating their identity cards. They have earned acclaim from all through showing efficiency and professionalism.”
Army chief Aziz Ahmed received the president earlier.
A total of 257 officer cadets formally passed at the ceremony, while two cadets from Saudi Arabia and one from Sri Lanka also participated in the parade.
The president reviewed the smartly turned out contingent and received salute of the colourful parade as chief guest. He also distributed crests among award-winning cadets for their outstanding performances.
Battalion Senior Under officer AKM Injamamul was awarded the most prestigious “Sword of Honour” for his all-round performance, while Company Senior Officer Ibne Ezaz Hasan received the “Chief of Army Satff Gold Medal” for the performance in military subjects.
The cadets formally took oath and were adorned with badges of rank by the president.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, members of parliament, diplomats and secretaries concerned of Bangabhaban participated at the programme.