Determined, Dared and Done (Adhishtanayen, Abheethawa, Aramuna kara), the largest batch of the Sri Lanka Army's Special Forces Brigade passed out in flying colours at the Maduru Oya Special Forces Training School. A total of 309 officers and men passed out from the school at a quiet function attended by family and friends of the trainees.
The men were part of a course intake of around 600 hand selected fresh recruits into the Army. Around half of the intake were unable to complete the grueling training which involves a physical conditioning program, compass march, confidence jump, armed and unarmed combat, survival, marksmanship, camouflage and concealment etc.
The new recruits will be enlisted to 1,2 and 3 Special Forces Regiments in due course, where they will further specialise in various chosen fields, some will even receive foreign training. Another batch of around 300 Special Forces are to pass out in August-September of this year.
Meanwhile the Maduru Oya Combat Training School (two schools) is also training around 600 Sri Lanka Air Force ground troops following inadequacies in training highlighted in Katunayake and Anuradhapura airbase attacks. These recruits are also expected to graduate very soon.
The CTS and the Uva Kuda Oya CRTS recently trained a contingent of the Maldivian Security Forces. The Maduru Oya CTS was also home to a US Marines training program.
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