A soldier is one who fights as part of an army. A soldier can be a conscripted or volunteer enlisted person, a non-commissioned officer, or an officer.
Below is How To Become A Soldier In Ghana
How to Become a Soldier in GhanaIn this article, you’ll find the right steps to take if you plan on becoming a soldier in Ghana
But first, we are going to take a look at the history of the Ghana Armed Forces and what being a soldier in Ghana entails.
A brief history of the Ghana Armed ForcesSoldier in GhanaThe Ghana Armed Forces represents the military might of the Republic of Ghana.
It is the united armed force of Ghana and consists of the Army, Navy, and Ghana Air force.
The Ghana Armed Forces were established in 1957, the same year the Gold Coast region declared independence from the United Kingdom and formed the nation of Ghana.
Over the years, the Ghana Armed Forces have been involved in several internal and external operations that were aimed at defending the country and other surrounding African nations.
As one of the largest and most powerful armies in Africa, the Ghana Armed Forces has provided aid to other African countries in times of war mostly through the United Nations.
Its first external operation was the United Nations Operation in the Congo in the early 1960s.
The Ghana Armed Forces have been involved in many peacekeeping operations since its inception.
It played a part in quelling conflicts like the Kosovo War, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Liberian civil war.
There have also been several peacekeeping missions undertaken by the military force in other parts of the world. Some of these missions include the Iran-Iraq War and the Kuwait and Lebanon civil war.
Ghana ArmyThe Ghanaian Army makes up the bulk of the Ghana Armed Forces Structure of the Ghanaian Army
The Northern Command with headquarters in Kumasi The Southern Command with headquarters in Accra 6 Infantry Battalions of the Ghana Regiment 2 Airborne Companies 64 Infantry Regiment 1 Training Battalion 1 Staff College 2 Armoured reconnaissance squadrons (Reconnaissance Armoured Regiment)1 Signals Regiment2 Engineer Regiments1 artillery regiment (66 Artillery Regiment)1 Logistics Group Ghana Air ForceThe Ghana Air Force is the part of the Ghana Armed forces responsible for aerial warfare.
The Ghana Air Force is headquartered in Accra with several bases located in Accra, Tamale, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Kumasi.
Ghana NavyThe Ghana Navy is tasked with the defense of Ghana, its coasts, and its territorial waters.
It consists of two commands; an Eastern command headquartered at Tema and a Western command headquartered at Sekondi-Takoradi.
Ghana Armed Forces CouncilThe Ghana Armed Forces Council is the body responsible for the welfare and administration of the Ghana Armed Forces. Currently, it has the following members.
President of Ghana, Commander in Chief – Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo AddoChief of Defense Staff – Lt General Obed Boamah AkwaMinister of Defense – Honourable Dominic Nitiwul.
An eligible applicant must:
Be a Ghanaian citizen by birth.
Be of good character.
Not be less than 18 years and not more than 26 years for Regular Commission and Short Service Commission applicants.
Be medically fit by Ghana Armed Forces standards.
Be not bonded.
Be not married (for Regular Officer Candidates only).
What education is needed to become a soldier in Ghana?
According to an official in the Defence section of the High Commission for the Republic of Ghana, in Washington, DC, general recruitment in the Ghanaian Armed Forces (GAF) is open to Ghanaian holders of a high school diploma, between 18 and 24 years of age, who are not less than 5 feet and 6 inches tall (14 June 1999).
What qualifications do I need to be a soldier?
In general, you don’t need any qualifications to join the army as a soldier, but you do need to be physically fit and proficient in communication, teamwork and English, and maths.
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