ZAMBIA Army Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, Major General Geoffrey Zyeele has cautioned the Officers Selection Board (OSB) members, that the officer cadet candidate selection is only meant for young men and women to be trained purely as infantry officers.
Maj Gen Zyeele has emphasized that upon completion of the training, the officers would be posted to various infantry units where they would remain as infantry officers and no one would be allowed to change from the corps to any other.
He added that candidates must be selected based on merit and that they should be in possession of a grade 12 certificate as stipulated in the advertisement.
The Deputy Army Commander said this at Kohima barracks in Kabwe where he addressed OSB members that no tertiary certificate should be accepted as a basis of selection.
Gen Zyeele said candidates who wish to join Zambia Army as specialists should wait until an advertisement as regards the same was made available through the media.
“The OSB members were selected to conduct the exercise of selecting candidates from those shortlisted to undergo Officer Cadet training selection process. The successful candidates would later be called upon to undergo officer cadet training and eventually graduate as Zambia Army commissioned infantry officers,” he said.
In a statement issued by army spokesperson Colonel Martin Kalaluka Liyungu, Maj Gen Zyeele further directed the board members to ensure that the selection process was conducted according to the established rules and on merit.
He advised the public to take note that not everyone (officer or soldier) in the army was a recruiting officer and that Zambia Army does not charge for recruitment.
He added that any body asking for money should be reported to Zambia Police Service or Military Police.