Sheikh Khalifa’s message of praise to UAE Armed Forces

Military service will instil 'loyalty and a sense of belonging among the youth', the President, Sheikh Khalifa, said in honour of the 38th anniversary of unification of the Armed Forces.

ABU DHABI // Military service will instil “loyalty and a sense of belonging among the youth”, the President, Sheikh Khalifa, said in honour of the 38th anniversary of unification of the Armed Forces.

Sheikh Khalifa told Nation Shield, the official publication of the Armed Forces, that “the protection of the country, preserving its independence, sovereignty and achievements are the sacred national duties on the shoulder of every citizen”.

The Armed Forces were unified on May 6, 1976, joining the Abu Dhabi Defence Force, the Dubai Defence Force, the Sharjah National Guard and the Mobile Force of Ras Al Khaimah, along with small protection forces from the other emirates.

In March, the FNC approved the law on mandatory military service. All Emirati men aged 18 to 30, or who have completed secondary school, will be required to sign up.

“The constitutional institutions in the country have endorsed national and reserve service for all Emiratis,” said Sheikh Khalifa, also Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

“This aims at instilling loyalty and a sense of belonging among the youth to boost nationalist values, discipline, participation and sacrifice. The service would further develop readiness and the ability to meet challenges of present and future, as well as contributing positively to the national development process.”

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said unification “has since then strengthened the concept of the union in the minds and hearts of Emiratis, thanks to the faith of the founding fathers.

“The new law will provide the armed forces with more national cadres. It will also boost the allegiance of the youth to the country and polish their capabilities and skills through military service, as they will acquire more ability to tackle difficulties and challenges.

“I’m confident that Emiratis are ready for military service and to sacrifice any time and anywhere.”

Sheikh Khalifa said the Armed Forces worked with regional and international powers to serve just causes and ease human suffering.

“Our brave soldiers, on this glorious occasion, we renew our confidence in you and your ability to discharge this vital role for the sake of our country and citizens,” he said.

“We reaffirm our pride in you and your precious sacrifices for the homeland. We also emphasise that our Armed Forces will remain the shield that protects our country and safeguards its sovereignty.

“And while we appreciate this, we ask you to move steadily forward to discharging this noble duty for the sake of the homeland.”

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, also delivered a message.

“I salute your spirit of selflessness, your willingness to sacrifice and your resolve to stand out and to adapt to the latest in the armament, technology, organisation, management and training,” he said.

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Published: May 5, 2014 04:00 AM

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