Training for Comoran Soldiers and gendarmes can be tough — out of more than 900 people who enrolled in a training class, only 541 completed the course.
The training started in 2018 in Itsundzu and was called “Feta 2018.” The class produced 263 Soldiers and 278 gendarmes. Comoran President Azali Assoumani congratulated the recruits at their February 2019 graduation and told them that they had not only learned new technical and tactical skills, but also the rules of being a Soldier, committed to the rule of law and international law.
The top five trainees of the gendarmerie and those of the Comoran Defense Force were honored with certificates during the ceremony.
The mufti of the republic, a Muslim religious leader, also attended the ceremony. The Comoran newspaper Al-watwan reported that the mufti called on the new Soldiers to take responsibility to protect the country, the president and the flag, and to work for the good of the people.
The small archipelago country with fewer than 1 million citizens maintains military and police forces totaling more than 1,000 members.