More than 2000 students from basic schools and civilians, Wednesday, had the rare opportunity to interact with the military at the Burma Camp to gain an insight into their roles as the defence pillars of the state.
The occasion, aimed at promoting civilian-military relations, was also used to let the public have a feel of military life, its structures and infrastructure in the barracks.
The students were given an air experience by personnel of the Ghana Air Force.
At the Reconnaissance Regiment Headquarters, popularly known as ‘RECCE’, a large number of school pupils were carried in the various types of armoured vehicles to where the military horses were kept to experience a ride on the back of horses.
Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, the Chief of the Defence Staff, (CDS) expressed the optimism that the exposure would inspire career decisions of the young ones to join the military.
He told the media in an interaction: “The Open Day event is good for interaction and opens up the military to the public. We expect that through these visits some of them would take a career decision today and we hope to see them in uniforms in the coming days”.
He said the exposure would also demystify the misconceptions of the public concerning the way the Military operated and to foster good relations.
The event, which forms part of activities to mark the 61st Independence Anniversary, was held at the various military installations and garrisons across the country.
Some of the students the Ghana News Agency spoke with expressed gratitude for the treat, saying they had learned a lot about the operations of the GAF and urged the authorities to organise it more frequently.