The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has conducted its matriculation for 441 cadets into its 75th Regular Course. The event, which featured an oath-taking ceremony, took place on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at the academy’s headquarters in Kaduna State.
Out of a total of 30,000 applicants, only 441 cadets, including one from The Gambia, secured admission into the academy. This represents a rejection rate of over 98%.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Commandant of the NDA, Major General John Ochai, urged the newly admitted cadets to uphold discipline throughout their training. He explained that the academy’s training is aimed at equipping them for national defense.
“Adherence to the fundamental rules and regulations governing your training here is paramount,” Major General Ochai said.
He also emphasized the importance of the NDA in shaping the nation’s military leadership.
“The Nigerian Defence Academy remains a key institution in shaping the nation’s military leadership, providing specialized education and training to future officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces,” he said.
The cadets will be distributed across various faculties, including Arts and Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Management Sciences, and Military Science and Interdisciplinary Studies.
The NDA is a tri-service military academy that trains officers for the Nigerian Army, Navy, and Air Force. The academy was established in 1964 and has a long and distinguished history of producing outstanding military leaders.
The academy’s training is rigorous and demanding, and only the most qualified applicants are admitted. Cadets are trained in a variety of subjects, including academics, leadership, and military skills.
The NDA is a highly respected institution, both within Nigeria and internationally. Graduates of the academy are in high demand and go on to serve in senior positions in the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The matriculation of the 75th Regular Course is a significant milestone for the NDA and the Nigerian Armed Forces. The newly admitted cadets represent the future of the nation’s military leadership, and they are expected to play a vital role in defending Nigeria’s security and interests.
Here are some additional details about the NDA and the matriculation ceremony:
- The NDA is located in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
- The academy has a total of five faculties and 23 departments.
- The academy’s training program lasts for five years.
- The newly admitted cadets will undergo a rigorous training program that includes academics, physical training, and leadership development.
- The cadets are expected to graduate from the academy in 2028.
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