Minister to propose military training for all Sri Lankans over 18

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Public Security Minister Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara will submit to parliament a proposal to provide military training for all citizens over 18 years of age, the minister said today.

Weerasekara told the privately owned Sirasa TV this morning that the objective of his proposal is to use military training for  personality development and to create a law abiding society.

“Nobody should fear the idea of military training. It’s with military training that a man can learn to stand up straight and look a person in the eye. It builds personality, and instills leadership qualities, respect for the law, discipline, and a sense of responsibility. These are the expected outcomes. Nobody should be apprehensive of it,” he said.

The minister said the proposal is to mandate military training for “young people”, both male and female, but did not specify an upper age limit.

“It is with such training that we may be able to build a law abiding society,” he added.

(Colombo/Jan18/2021)

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  1. Best thing that could happen. All developed countries followed this path. At least start the leadership training for University entrants from this year.

  2. Hope the food provided during the military training from our tax money because most of the youngsters are starving.

  3. Military training should be given to cabinet ministers not to the general public….stupid concept

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  4. හමුදාා පුහුනුව මගිිිින් කවදාවත් විනය ගරුක සමාජයක් බිහිකිරීමට නොහැකියි ඔබතුමා විනයගරුක වුනාට හැමෝම එහෙම වෙන්නේ නැහැ.ඊට වඩා හොඳයි තාවකාලික පැවිද්ද.එයින් අඩුම තරමේ ලජ්ජා බය දෙකම නැති කරගන්න පුලුවන්. මේවාට කියන්නේ දේවධර්ම කියලා

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    1. Controversial decision!.
      Some countries have done it and some still do.For most it didn’t get the expected outcome but can’t say how it ll be implemented and carried out in SL.
      To begin with to make it mandatory to all without the influence of exception to some will be an hurdle like no other.

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  5. It may work in THEORY in Sri Lanka , this is the beginning of an era of mistakes and we’ll end up having mafia gangs with lots of guns and excellent training in using them. Sri Lanka cannot be tamed in this way , only more aroused by the sense of weapons being handed out right after the age of 18 or this is just another excuse to get teens who have completed or waiting for AL results and since they can only take a limited number of students into the universities , they would be enlisted in forces. A weak move if this is enforced. It involves risk , who knows , it may result in law abiding citizens, or more organized crime with the access to weapons.

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