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Afghan National Army Training Command graduates literacy course soldiers Master Sgt. Renee Crisostomo

An Afghan National Army Honor Guard detail starts a literacy course graduation ceremony with the posting of Afghan National flags at the Regional Military Training Center in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, March 8, 2012. One-hundred ninety soldiers graduated from the eight-week literacy course, which taught more advanced reading and writing skills. This was in addition to the initial 64 hours of literacy training the soldiers received in Regional Basic Warrior Training.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - One-hundred ninety Afghan National Army soldiers graduated from an eight-week literacy course at the Regional Military Training Center in Kandahar, Afghanistan, March 8.

The ceremony was held at the training center with ANA staff and coalition advisers in attendance. Among the attendees was U.S. Army National guardsman Capt. Michael Raymond of the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery. Raymond deployed to Afghanistan, May 2011, to be a training and advisory team commander.

“Every Afghan recruit who goes through initial Regional Basic Warrior Training is required to receive 64 hours of literacy training,” said Raymond, a native of Eagan, Minn. “This literacy course is additional training that will enable some of the soldiers to read and write at a higher level.”

“The Afghan National Army needs soldiers who can read and write,” continued Raymond. “A more literate ANA will operate more efficiently and improve on problem-solving techniques.”

Col. Haroon Momand, RMTC commander, addressed the soldiers at the graduation ceremony.

“You’ve spent a lot of time in this training center learning your basic military skills and, now, more advanced literacy skills,” Momand said, “but always continue to learn.”

“I’m sure you’ll be a successful soldier if you behave according to what you were taught here,” Momand added. “Your honor is stronger than the enemy. Success will be yours if you work honestly.”


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This work, Afghan National Army Training Command graduates literacy course soldiers, by MSgt Renee Crisostomo, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:03.08.2012

Date Posted:03.10.2012 06:02

Location:REGIONAL MILITARY TRAINING CENTER - KANDAHAR, AF

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