LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Over 200 soldiers of the newly established Afghan National Army-Territorial Force graduated from a four-week basic training course held by the Afghan National Army 201st Corps in eastern Afghanistan, August 13.
"We are ready to serve our country," said a recent Afghan National Army-Territorial Force graduate. "I live to serve my country."
The graduates, part of the new force H.E. Ashraf Ghani, president of Afghanistan, directed be created, volunteered for service and will be stationed in the province and districts where they currently live. The Afghan National Army-Territorial Force, designed as a nationally-led professional and disciplined force to free the Afghan National Army to conduct increased offensive operations, must meet the same criteria as the Afghan National Army.
The U.S. Army's 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade partnered with 10 NATO-led Resolute Support Regional Corps Battle School cadre members and advisors from the Afghan National Army at the Kabul Military Training Center to conduct the training.
More than 200 soldiers graduate from the Afghan National Army Task Force (ANA-TF) 4-week basic training course at FOB Gamberi, Afghanistan, August 13, 2018. The new graduates were eager to earn their diplomas, with several receiving honors from the United States Army Security Force Advisory Team.
"It is honorable to serve your country and act as the providers of security and peace for this country," said U.S. Army Maj. Adam Tobias, Regional Corps Battle School commander advisor.
Just before graduation the soldier's final task was to complete a maneuver exercise evaluated by the Regional Corps Battle School commander and the 201st executive officers. They determine if students are ready to serve as Afghan National Army Territorial-Force soldiers.
Following graduation, these soldiers will report to their respective brigade headquarters and be assigned to their new units. Once at their new units, they will fight alongside the Afghan National Army and maintain peace and security in their assigned areas.
"We need to be self-sufficient and you all need to be willing to serve for 60 years if that is what it takes to bring peace to our country," said Afghan Army Brig. Gen. Mohammad Mayal Mohammadi, 201st Corps training executive officer. "You all have done great work, tomorrow begins your fight for peace."
Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan's security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.