The Armed Forces of Malta are preparing to launch a campaign to attract to more new recruits.
Malta’s home affairs minister Michael Farrugia said the extra soldiers, pilots, engineers and sailors were needed ‘to cope with the increased demands on today’s armed forces’.
He made the announcement as he addressed a passing out parade ceremony at Luqa Barracks.
Proud relatives and friends looked on as 65 new soldiers, including six women, officially joined the ranks of the Armed Forces of Malta.
The recruits took the oath of office after completing five months of intensive training that included leadership skills, military law, weapon handling, marksmanship, ceremonial drill, first aid, map reading and various other subjects.
AFM commander Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi praised them for their excellent team work, skill and determination, and wished them well in their military careers.
Many of them will be deployed in the maritime squadron on Malta’s naval vessels patrolling the Mediterranean Sea.