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Bhutan's militia at Training
The militias will play an important role in protecting important installations like hospitals, bridges, power and telephone stations, and checkposts.
The militia volunteers have to complet a two-month militia training at the Royal Body Guards (RBG) training center.
Prince Dasho Khesar joined militia meeting

Militia volunteers' training

A large crowd of family and friends, including proud parents, spouses and children, gathered in Dechenchholing on September 15, 2003 as His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Dasho Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck awarded the dhar, prizes, and certificates to 106 militia volunteers who completed their two-month militia training.

Speaking to the 28 militia officers, 53 undergraduates including His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Namgyal Wangchuck, and 25 village volunteers at the oath taking ceremony, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince commended the volunteers for their spontaneous response when their country needed them. "There are many ways to serve the nation and you all have chosen a noble and selfless way," Dasho Khesar said. "With His Majesty the King at the helm, there is no doubt that Bhutan can overcome any problem today and in the future". Dasho Khesar reminded the militias about the National Assembly resolutions on the militant problem which had been extensively debated since the 77th session of the Assembly in 2000. "Our ancestors have handed over to us a secure and sovereign nation," the Crown Prince said. "It is therefore of utmost importance that we hand over a secure and sovereign Bhutan to the future generation."

The 28 graduates and in-service volunteers, including three women, were awarded the rank of lieutenant, 10 undergraduates, based on their merit, were awarded the post of second lieutenant, five undergraduates were appointed as Dekha Drimpons, 17 as Drimpons, and 21 as Pelpons. A total of 634 volunteers, that form a nation-wide militia force, also completed their training on Monday around the country.

This article was contributed by KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper 2003
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