Pyin Oo Lwin, 10 December
Myanmar’s military chief commands the cadets to be loyal not only to themselves but also to the country and the army, and to have a strong belief and conviction in carrying out their assigned duties.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing made this remark to the cadets at the graduation ceremony of the 65th Intake of Defence Services Academy in Pyin Oo Lwin on December 8.
The military leader also ordered the cadets to be loyal to the motherland and the army, as well as to strive to become outstanding soldiers who will protect three main national causes.
CDM Capt. Kaung Thu Win expressed his opinion that “the military leader said such words in order to use the motivated officers who have just graduated from DSA.”
He added that these young officers are those who have been attending DSA since before the seizure of power, and the junta army wants to exploit them as they have little exposure to the current situation on the ground.
From 1962 to the present day, the Myanmar army, known as the Tatmadaw, has intervened in politics through an alternating democratic system and military coups.
The military, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, staged a military coup to bring the country back under military rule on the grounds of voter fraud, but it is facing an armed struggle across the country.
The military council has currently reached an impasse as a result of Operation 1027 of the Three Brotherhood Alliance in northern Shan State, which has changed the history of the military in the nearly three years since the coup.
The junta chief met with the five outstanding cadets at the cadet graduation ceremony and urged them to be loyal to the organization and the nation and continue to strive to fulfill their assigned duties.
Two battalions surrendered in northern Shan State, where Operation 1027 started to launch, and the junta army lost more than 250 military outposts and many military equipment.
More than 430 military personnel, including 370 soldiers and 50 policemen, surrendered in November, with approximately 100 prisoners of war, according to RFA, citing NUG.
In this situation, the military council announced on December 3 that deserters, those who are absent without leave, and imprisoned soldiers will be exempted from punishment if they return to duty and will be assigned to nearby outposts.
Currently, the military council has taken nearly 10,000 imprisoned soldiers back to the army from various prisons around the country within 24 hours, Myanmar Now reported, citing sources from the Prison Department.
News-Than Lwin Times