The Nigerian Army has said not less that 286 officers are taking part in the 2023 Captain to Major practical examination to test the proficiency of officer for higher responsibilities.
Addressing candidates and officers in Abeokuta on Sunday , the Commander Training and Doctrine Command of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Kevin Aligbe, said assessment of the officers would be during the examination.
Aligbe stated that the candidates would be judged on their communication skills, logical reasoning, physical and mental stamina, and other skills.
He advised them to take the test seriously and warned them that cheating and other exam malpractice would not be tolerated.
In light of the nation’s present security challenges, he claimed that the examination was still necessary.
He said that the appropriate authorities had continued to have serious worries about the current threats to international security, including terrorism and insurgency, and that no effort would be spared to confront the problem head-on.
He stated that the worldwide threat of terrorism and insurgency, effective communication, logical reasoning, and map reading would all be covered in the exam.
Aligbe noted that to be qualified and promoted from the current rank of Captain to Major ,officers must score 50 per cent in all subjects and 60 per cent overall aggregate .
” This practical promotion examination from Captain to Major for these 286 officers across the country and beyond is to evaluate their proficiency for higher responsibilities, manpower development , especially in counter terrorism and insurgency,” he said.
Earlier, Maj.-Gen Muhammed Usman, General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, said that the importance of the test in developing junior leadership skills in order to achieve national security objectives could not be overstated.
He stated that the purpose of the exam was to extend the candidate’s knowledge and comprehension of many facets of military operations, with a focus on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.
” We are all aware that the aim of this examination is to evaluate the proficiency of this category of officers and develop their junior leadership capabilities for higher responsibilities in the Nigerian Army.
” I would like to state that your performance in the examination is a key determinant of progress in your career and it is important you all put in seriousness and determination to excel,” he added.