Army Integration : Security Concern

The challenge before Nepal's professional army is to discipline the combatants

July 14, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -3 July 12- 2013 (Ashad 28, 2070)

Despite the completion of the army integration process, it is yet to see how indoctrinated former Maoist combatants will adjust in Nepal Army.  The challenge before Nepal's professional army is to discipline the combatants.

After the induction of Maoist combatants in Nepal Army, the 6-years long integration process came to an end. Altogether 1,352 former rebel combatants, who had opted to join the Nepal Army as per the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed by the then rebel Maoists and the government in 2006 to pave the way for the former to join peaceful politics, have completed a nine-month basic army training recently, formally becoming part of the national army.

As per the Secretariat of the Army Integration Special Committee, 71 combatants for officer level and 1,373 for other ranks were finally selected for training. However, 21 combatants could not complete the training due to various reasons.  Other than the former combatants inducted at officer level, 1,352 combatants integrated into the lower ranks in the army have completed basic training and received formal permission to join the army.

After a year- long training, indoctrinated Maoist combatants might have learned so many things. How, will they adjust in an organized and professional force remains to be seen.

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