How to become a soldier in Ghana
If you want to know how to become a soldier in Ghana, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we will walk you through the entire process of joining the Ghana army.
In case you are interested in joining the military in Ghana (Ghana armed forces), keep reading. This guide includes all the neccesary requirements you’ll need and contact details.
How to become a soldier in Ghana
The Ghana Armed Forces represents the military of the Republic of Ghana. It is the united armed force of Ghana and consists of the Army, Navy and Ghana Air force. In order to become a Soldier in Ghana, You will need to have plenty of self-discipline, commitment and self-confidence, as well as physical fitness. Effective teamwork skills and good communication are essential, as are fast reactions and the capability to use your own creativity.
History of the Ghana Armed Forces
The Ghana Armed Forces was founded in 1957, the same year the Gold Coast region proclaimed independence from the United Kingdom and formed the nation of Ghana. Throughout the years, the Ghana Armed Forces have been engaged in several internal and external operations that were targeted at safeguarding the nation and other surrounding African countries.
As one of the largest and most powerful armies in Africa, the Ghana Armed Forces has provided assistance to other African countries in times of war mostly through the United Nations. Its very first external operation was the United Nations Operation in the Congo in the early 1960s.
The Ghana Armed Forces has been involved in many peacekeeping operations since its inception. It played a part in quelling conflicts like the Kosovo War, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Liberian civil war. There have also been several peacekeeping missions undertaken by the military force in other parts of the world. Some of these missions include the Iran-Iraq War and the Kuwait and Lebanon civil war.
Structure of the Ghanaian Army
- The Southern Command with headquarters in Accra
- 2 Engineer Regiments
- 1 Staff College
- Ghana Air Force
- 2 Armoured reconnaissance squadrons (Reconnaissance Armoured Regiment)
- 1 Logistics Group
- The Northern Command with headquarters in Kumasi
- 6 Infantry Battalions of the Ghana Regiment
- 1 Signals Regiment
- 2 Airborne Companies
- 1 artillery regiment (66 Artillery Regiment)
- 64 Infantry Regiment
- 1 Training Battalion
The Ghanaian Army makes up the majority of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Ghana Armed Forces Council
The Ghana Armed Forces Council is the body accountable for the welfare and management of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Ghana Air Force
The Ghana Air Force is the part of the Ghana Armed forces responsible for aerial warfare. The Ghana Air Force is headquartered in Accra with several bases located in Accra, Tamale, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Kumasi.
The Ghana Navy is tasked with the defense of Ghana, its coasts, and its territorial waters. It consists of two commands; an Eastern command headquartered at Tema and a Western command headquartered at Sekondi-Takoradi.
Entry Requirements for Ghana Armed Forces
- Applicant must be a Ghanaian citizen by birth.
- Applicant must be of good character.
- Applicant shouldn’t be less than 18 years
- Applicant must be medically fit by Ghana Armed Forces standard.
- Applicant should be a minimum height of 4ft 8 inches
- Applicant must either have BECE, WASSCE, NVTI, Tertiary or Higher Certificate
How to apply for GAF
If you are interested in becoming a soldier in Ghana or have applied and been disqualified and need protocol enlistment, the Ghana Arm Force (GAF) needs dedicated citizens to fight for the nation. Those who applied but failed can now hold positions or get protocol.
The education level required is from JHS and SHS to any level of certificate you have.
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