(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha, January 11 (QNA) - Qatari Armed Forces celebrated on Wednesday the graduation ceremony for the 7th batch of National Service recruits, in the presence of HE Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, HE the Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces Major General (Pilot) Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem and a number of senior military officers and recruits' parents.
The 7th batch of National Service recruits received military and academic programs and training in infantry, fitness, light weapons, shooting, field battle skills, and civil defense, along with programs on first aid, community culture, self-development and religious programs during the course period.
On this occasion, HE the Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces expressed, in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), his delight at the graduation of this batch which reflected the evolution and progress of National Service Authority, thanks the able guidance of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Commander-in-Chief of the Qatari Armed Forces.
He highlighted the importance attached by Qatari Armed Forces to the graduated, and stressed that the country wants its sons to join the litary service.
HE Al Ghanem pointed out that the 7th batch attended the National Service to the fullest, and received the military program prepared by the armed forces along with a distinct cultural programs and benefited from the expertise of the experiences of several countries, adding that this was a result of the efforts spared by the specialized committees.
On his part, Brigadier Saeed Hamad Al Nuaimi, head of the National Service Authority, praised in this regard the continued support of HE Minister of State for Defense Affairs and HE the Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces as well as bodies cooperating with the Authority, including the Ministry of Interior or the Lakhwiya Force and General Directorate of Civil Defense and others.
He said in a statement that the number of recruits graduating from secondary school or less and university has reached 820. He pointed out that next batch will join the National Service on January 28, while commending the wise vision of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Commander-in-Chief of the Qatari Armed Forces, who initiated the National Service Authority in the best interests of the State of Qatar. (QNA)