Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has rejected over 30,000 applicants who applied as cadets of the 75th Regular Course of the prestigious military institution.
NDA Commandant, Major General John Ochai, made the disclosure at the matriculation of 441 cadets into the various degree programmes as members of the 75th Regular Course of the NDA.
He said the 441 cadets including one allied student from the Gambia were selected after a competitive screening exercise.
He explained that the selection of just 441 cadets out of the over 30,000 applicants, underscored how the academy prioritise competence and compliance with international best standards.
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Addressing the matriculating cadets, the commandant enjoined them to always remain resolute.
Also he stressed the need to uphold the tenets of self-discipline and resilience throughout their training.
Furthermore, he noted that the academy’s training is aimed at equipping them for national defence operations.
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was established on 5 February 1964 in response to the defence needs of independent Nigeria to train officers for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
Before then, the institution was known as the Royal Military Forces Training College (RMFTC). After independence in 1960, it became known as the Nigerian Military Training College.
The role of the Academy is to provide each officer cadet with knowledge, skills and values necessary to meet the requirements of a military officer through military, academic and character development.
In essence, the NDA is an institution where selected young able-bodied men and women are groomed into well educated, courageous, virile and erudite subalterns.