Malta’s armed forces have welcomed 48 new recruits to Luqa Barracks.
The group will spend the next five months learning the basics of military life as well as exercises in team-building, leadership, motivation and physical training.
The new recruits were selected after passing a fitness test, written assessment and medical.
On their first day they took the Oath of Allegiance and promised to serve Malta.
A spokesman for the Armed Forces of Malta told 89.7 Bay: ‘They will be extensively trained in weapon handling skills, marksmanship, ceremonial drill, first aid, map reading and various other subjects.
‘Military law, International humanitarian law, military ethos and various other life skills will also be taught.
‘Once the recruits achieve the required standards, they will be called on to perform the formal Passing-Out Parade, which will mark their transition from civilian to soldier.’
Good luck to them all.
Do you have what it takes to join the AFM?
1. Be Maltese citizens
2. Be aged between 18 and 30
3. Be of good moral character
4. Be not less than the minimum height required – 1.57m for men and 1.52m for women
5. Not have excessive tattoos
6. Be able to run a mile in not more than 8 minutes and 30 seconds for males, and 10 minutes and 18 seconds for females
7. Be able to do push-ups – not less than 30 repetitions for males and 11 repetitions for females in 2 minutes
8. Be able to do sit-ups – not less than 37 repetitions for males and 35 repetitions for females in 2 minutes
9. Pass a written examination and interview
10. Pass a complete medical examination