Quality leadership makes a force professional
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called the army to promote its officers by considering their competence, patriotism, honesty, leadership quality, professionalism, discipline and commitment, so to ensure greater interests of the nation. The PM had let known of her thoughts, as the chief guest of the inaugural function of the Army Selection Board day before yesterday at the Dhaka Cantonment.
Bangladesh Army is the key component of the Bangladesh Armed Forces which is pri marily responsible to defend the country from foreign aggression and protect the nation's sovereignty. Following the motto --"In War, In Peace We are Everywhere for our Country"-- Bangladesh Army serves the nation by taking part in relief work and rescue operations during natural calamities. The land forces branch of the three defence services also played a crucial role in nation building activities. Moreover, in the last few years, army has proved its efficiency by participating in anti-terror campaigns.
Bangladesh Army's reputation is globally recognised for its commendable performance in UN peace keeping missions in different countries. Following much optimism, in the last couple of decades, the army has turned into a completely apolitical and professional defence establishment. Only the ablest of officers should command the armed forces. And for that to happen the parameters for selecting and promoting the officers should also be unbiased and even - handed. Nepotism and favouritism would only harm the army's efficiency and long term goal.
In 1974 the first defence policy was formulated in Bangladesh during the regime of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The present government has formulated the Forces Goal 2030, in light of the 1974 defence policy, to build skilled, efficient, sophisticated and strong armed forces to serve national interest both within and beyond the national boundary. Under this goal, government has taken diverse measures to develop, expand and modernise army. The Forces Goal 2030 is now being executed aiming to enhance professional excellence and human resources development of the armed forces. In tuned with the PM's call, we also believe it to be necessary to promote officers as per the set of pre-requisites specified by the PM. Most importantly, only capable and committed officers can make it possible to meet The Forces Goal 2030.
Last but never the least, the country has witnessed unwarranted military rule during the 70s and 80s, we don't expect that to recur. On the contrary, we expect the army to continue executing its professional obligations with utmost patriotism, sincerity and efficiency.