Oct 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army says that it is of paramount importance for its troops to have higher educational standards and contribute to the nation building efforts.
Addressing a gathering of 528 officers and 2,704 other ranks of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) on Saturday (12), Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake has underlined the importance of reaching high educational standards and contributing to the nation-building development projects, now in progress at island-wide level.
"In this age for 'knowledge and expertise' searching, it is of paramount importance for all of you to strive hard to reach high educational standards, ..overcoming all obstacles and challenges," the Commander said in his address to the volunteer troops.
He said Sri Lanka as well as the world seeks more and more academically sound professional scholars. "It is no different in our country too," the Commander said.
He asked the troops to be determined to maintain high discipline standards at any cost and at all times.
"There is 'zero tolerance' to undisciplined acts, please remember," he reminded the troops. "We distinguish from others because of our disciplined conduct."
Explaining the Army's involvement in the series of development and nation-building tasks, the Army Commander has stressed that the members of the Army need to shoulder such responsibilities with dedication as is the case in any post-conflict scenario.
"This is another challenge bestowed upon us as the most- sought service provider," he noted.
Sri Lanka's peacetime Army provides its training and expertise for the development projects in the island, especially in the conflict-affected north, where infrastructure development is carried out at an accelerated pace.