The Nigerian Army has started a two-week promotion examination exercise for 354 officers in an effort to fill open positions in the rank of Army Warrant Officer, or AWO.
Major General Yakubu Yahaya, the Army’s Chief of Personnel Management, advised the 354 applicants to abstain from using performance-enhancing substances in his presentation to them.
On Wednesday, he delivered a speech at the Ihejirika Auditorium in the Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State.
Yahaya further advised the applicants to disregard the suggestion that they require a godfather in order to get to the position of AWO.
He urged the participants to maintain their composure during the assessment session, saying that the exercise was not a life-or-death situation.
Let me congratulate each and every one of the candidates for making it this far in their careers and for being named to the group of Master Warrant Officers to be given consideration for promotion to the rank of AWO, which is the highest rank attainable in the enlisted cadre of the Nigerian Army.
This emphasizes how important it is for each and every one of you to work really hard to get the promotion.
“You will receive a physical and medical assessment during this activity to determine your stability to move further in the selection process.
Other topics include handling weapons, current events, and general service knowledge, which will require physical exercises in addition to a written test and an oral interview.
“As a general duty employee or clerk, you may also be subject to drill or basic computer knowledge. I think everyone is prepared for the exercise and has made their own particular preparations.
I’ll say it again: I demand the highest level of discipline from you at all times. Additionally, while you will be fighting with one another for the open promotion positions, you must refrain from immoral behavior because it is not a life-or-death situation.
“In a similar vein, you must make sure you look after your own health and refrain from using any performance-enhancing drugs during the physical fitness test.”