COAS General Raheel Sharif visits PMA Kakul

ABBOTTABAD: Pakistan Army has decided to increase the intake of cadets at its premier training institute Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul by around one third, which potentially sets the ground for increase in Army size. The Visit focused on reviewing the current training regime for cadets and PMA capacity enhancement projects including progress work on the 4th Pakistan Battalion. A statement by the ISPR said, The Kakul Academy annually inducts two batches of around 500 cadets each. The Cadets after completing their training at the Academy are commissioned in the Army as officers. General Raheel Sharif was quoted in the statement as having emphasised the need to remain abreast with the latest regional and global environment and developments. He also said, with highest professional standards, rigorous training and esprit de crops we can meet the current and future challenges facing Pakistan. A military analyst said that the increase in the size of Army was being necessitated by its continuing involvement in tribal areas, where troops are expected to stay at least till 2019. The creation of a security division for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor; and increased requirement of Officers for paramilitary forces like Frontier Corps and Rangers. Indian aggressive posture towards Pakistan is also a cause of concern. General Raheel Sharif urged the young cadets to stay up to-date about on going international affairs saying that awareness about international dynamic situation and regional changes has become a significant part of military training.