8 May 2017, Wangdue: It’s hot, really hot in Wangdue but for 112 forestry officials who joined for the two-week military and arms training, there is no resting in the shade to evade the sweltering sun. Upon a roar of command by the instructor, they frantically rush for a follow-in. Soon, the colossal roar fills the air reverberating the whole area.
A total of 112 forestry officials, which includes 33 male officers, 10 lady officers, 57 male Rangers, 5 lady rangers and seven drivers of the Department of Forests and Park Services are currently undergoing arms training at MTC, Tencholing which commenced on 6th May and ends on 20th May 2017.
The Dy. Commandant of MTC at the inaugural address said that being uniform personnel, it is important for the foresters to maintain uniform discipline, ethics and codes of conduct. He added, it is also important also to be physically fit since the way army and foresters operate are similar.
Gyeltshen Dukpa, Thimphu Division’s Chief Forestry Officer represented the Department, who while thanking the MTC for their unstinted support and cooperation said that uniform codes of conduct recently witnessed a big improvement. To the trainees, he advised to grab as much training components as possible and impart the same to others in the field.
The participants in next two weeks will undergo training on handling of different weapons, training on drill and associated disciplines which includes saluting. The participants will be also put under rigorous physical training through morning PT and two-mile running with weapon and paraphernalia.
Since patrolling is the one of the activities the foresters are engaged in, the participants will be trained on effective patrolling, ambush, field signals, fire control order and camouflage.
According to training coordinator of the Department, Geley Wangchuk, uniform discipline and code of conduct are important, since forestry is a paramilitary force. He added that this batch included forestry officers mainly because as reflected in the new FNCRR 2017, department is developing a dress code and officers will wear uniform unlike in the past. Hence, he said, this batch includes, besides Rangers, the officers.”
He shared that this is the biggest group and was challenging to coordinate. “Yet, we could successfully start the training, all thanks to guidance of the Department and support from MTC,” said Geley.
A total of 28 Rangers and drivers underwent same training in October last year and the next batch is planned for Chief Forestry Officers, remaining Officers and Drivers.