Soldiers are paid to shoot and kill not to disperse crowd; Ex defense minister and chief of defense staff General Nunoo Mensah boldly reveal


Ex military chief General Joseph Nunoo Mensah has indicated what the military does and a soldier is trained to shoot and kill not to control crowd

Professionalism is the key to any job, but perhaps more so when it comes to the military. The nature of armed conflicts that humans are faced with, its brutal and destructive force, requires that those who do the fighting, do so with extreme levels of discipline, commitment, and skill. Such requirements are the indispensable qualities of military professionalism.

One could mumble and complain about commanders and even the President if he choose to or if that is all he want to, but it must be noted it will be dependent on the situation, and forum

Soldiers are not just protectors of the land. They are peace keepers. They act and serve as beacons of hope. They are the first responders to risky situations. They are life-savers during events of great distress and disasters. They are brothers and sisters of fellow Ghanaians and we must remain steadfast and committed to serve others.

Being a soldier is never an easy job. More often than not, you are apart from your families, on duty or performing task in a hostile field elsewhere, reporting to work even on holidays. But they must never give up. They work not just to serve the country.

They have a very important charge and commitment for both active and non-active soldiers to seek to work to uplift others, especially fellow colleagues. It remains their business to be mentors and work towards developing the character of the Ghanaian soldier whether actively serving or retired.

A soldier’s job is not to disperse crowd”, he told Kofi Oppong Asamoah on Class91.3FMs morning show on Wednesday, 30 June 2021, adding: “I’ve never learnt how to disperse a crowd. It’s not my job”.
“They [soldiers] are paid to shoot – not in the air – but at the chest, where it’s mostly going to cause death”, the retired army officer said.

He said deciding to use the army in such situations comes with hefty consequences, and, so, such a decision must be a well-thought-through one.
“So, you don’t use them just like that”, he warned, noting: “When the military comes, it’s not a joke, it’s a serious business”.

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