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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Jaffna Security Forces to recruit 800 persons for Army Volunteer Force

Colombo, 11 May, (Asiantribune.com):

For the first time, Jaffna Security Forces Command has decided to recruit about 800 persons for Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force.

Arrangements are now being made to recruit youths of both sexes to the vacant positions available in the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force.

This was disclosed by Major Mallawa Arrachchi, Media Spokesperson for the Jaffna Security Forces Command.
A press meet was held yesterday at the Army Civil Affairs Office, located at the Hospital Road, Jaffna.

Speaking at the press meet, Major Mallawa Arrachchi said that there are nearly 800 vacancies available in the Volunteer Force. “Therefore”, he said “arrangements are being made to fill those vacancies.”

Major Mallawa Arrachchi said Sri Lanka Army is not compelling anyone to join the Army. “No conscription at all”, he emphasized.

Anybody can come forward on their own freewill and join the Army, he said.

He also said that as far as he is aware many in the district has shown interest in joining the Army.

Media Spokesman said that anybody interested can join Army by walking in and filling the application, whenever Army organize the recruitment arrangements in different areas in the District.

“Those selected candidates would be given a three-month training at the Army Complex at Kankesanthurai. During the three-month training period special trade training such as carpenters, masons, welders, electricians, plumbers, fitters, masons, drivers etc., would be given,” said Major Mallawa Arrachchi.

“And on the completion of the training, a valuable certificate would be provided. During the training period salaries would be given to those who undergo the training. Also free food, free clothes, free lodgings, free transport facilities and medical facilities would be provided. Members of the trainees’ family too would be given free medical facilities. After the completion of the training, if anybody is not willing to continue with the Army, then they might inform in writing and leave. There is no compulsion at all. But those willing to continue would be absorbed in the volunteer force and it is a uniform service. Those who join the Volunteer Force would be given an initial salary of Rs.30,000/ per month,” said Major Mallawa Arrachchi.

“Anybody within 18 to 28 years could apply to join the Sri Lanka Army’s Volunteer Force. Men after the completion of 22 years’ service and women after 15 years, can apply for retirement. On retirement, they will be entitled for pension benefits,” he said.

Media spokesman told that those who joins the Volunteer Force and interested in continuing their studies, arrangements would be made through government as well as through private sector. They will be also entitled for foreign scholarships to continue their education.

When asked why these vacancies were not gazetted in the Government Gazette, Media Spokesman clarified that, “only official rank vacancies used to be advertised and to recruit other rank personnel, there is no need for any gazette notification regarding such vacancies. “

He added this was the procedure even adopted in the South to recruit for the Volunteer Force.

Major Mallawa Arrachchi said that earlier there was no opportunity to recruit people for the Sri Lanka Army from the North, but he added now there are ample of opportunities for young girls and boys to join the Sri Lanka Army’s Volunteer Force.

He added that the youngsters in the district must come forward to make use of the opportunities offered to them and join the Volunteer Force.

- Asian Tribune -

Media Spokesman Major Mallawa Araachchi
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