Following public outcry among unemployed young people over the Namibian Defence Force’s mandatory health, academic, and age cap requirements for recruitment, the ministry hit back yesterday, saying the force should not be seen as a job creator.
NDF asked Namibians between the ages of 18 and 25 (before 31 July 2022) who passed grade 12 with 25 points to apply as cadets.
Applicants must be ready to undergo medical tests, which includes an HIV/Aids test, must have a grade 12 certificate, and should be able to run 2.4 km in 14 minutes and 30 seconds (women). They should also provide a vaccination
card. With youth unemployment estimated at 50% by the United Nations, thousands of young people readied themselves to apply.
They flocked to various hospitals to get Covid-19 vaccines as it is one of the recruitment requirements set by the ministry of defence to appoint 1 500 cadets for the force, which kicked off this week countrywide.
Namibia’s national Covid-19 vaccination campaign received a welcome boost from previously vaccine skeptic youth as a vaccination card is a condition for recruitment by NDF.
By 10 July, only 476 907 people had their first dose of the vaccine, leaving Namibia falling far short of vaccination milestones set by the World Health Organistaion (WHO) to curb the spread of the pandemic.
The vaccine card requirement, however, did not go down well with many resorting to social media to vent their frustration.
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