Army recruitment: Thousands Turn Up For Medical Screening At El Wak Stadium
Thousands of young Ghanaians thronged the El Wak Sports Stadium on Monday, July 19, 2021, in Accra to participate in a documentation and medical screening process for recruitment into the Ghana Armed Forces. According to the Commanding Officer for the fifth 5th Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Prince Tandoh,
those who showed up for the exercise included Senior High School graduates, and tertiary degree and diploma holders. The screening process, which began as early as 7 am, will end on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Lieutenant Colonel Prince Tandoh also said an aptitude test will be taken by persons who successfully pass the first stage
of documentation and also medical screening. Since 2017, the Ghana Armed Forces have not recruited any individual into the service and in the May this year, the media published an announcement from the Ghana Armed Forces informing the public of commencement of a recruitment exercise. From as early as 4 am, some
young Ghanaians from across the country besieged the El-Wak Stadium and joined a queue which went as far as the Cantonments Post Office. Those gathered at the venue too were expected to submit their credentials for the documentation and medical screening. Those who made it inside the stadium were all asked to sit on the
ground in groups as they also waited to go through the process. The applicants made up of mostly unemployed young people, say the first stage too has been stressful. They are also hopeful of being among the few to be be recruited. As I entered, I also felt pressure because the people here were too many. I did not even expect to
finish early, one of the applicants said. Commanding Officer for the 5th Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Prince Tandoh said that the military would ensure the adherence to all the Covid-19 protocols in the ongoing process. Only those with print-out forms will be allowed to come in, and you can also see we have sanitisers and veronica buckets around, so we are all doing our best to maintain the protocols.