The dreams of some energetic and passionate females to join the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and serve the nation, have been crushed.
The high-spirited females who wanted to serve in the army were sacked for having multiple ear piercings, which did not form part of the standards of the GAF.
Thousands of aspiring soldiers are currently undergoing the selection process to possibly meet the standards of the Ghana Army. The number will be pruned as the process continues.
One of the females (name withheld), Globalnewsreel.com contacted, confirmed she was dismissed outrightly by the recruiting officers last Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the El Wak stadium in Accra.
According to her, she had gone through all the necessary documentation and body selection process successfully, after which all the candidates were directed to report at the recruitment centre El Wak that Thursday.
When they reported at the centre Thursday morning, she noted her name was not on the list of the candidates selected to sit for the aptitude test.
She and about five others were disqualified for the multiple ear piercings they have on both ears. “I was very shocked and hurt and wept bitterly when I heard the news,” she said.
However, she alleged that “I saw some of the girls with multiple piercings, but they have been allowed and are writing their exams today [Tuesday, 28th October, 2014].”
All candidates aspiring to join the Ghana Army are required to write an aptitude test as part of the selection process.
She also claimed that other females with stretch marks were not spared.
Meanwhile, recent media reports revealed unqualified female military personnel and wannabes, traded sex for positions and recruitment purposes, bringing the name of the noble institution to public ridicule.
But she told Globalnewsreel.com that no one had demanded sex from her for anything. “All they said was about the multiple piercings.”
A senior official at the Public Affairs Department of the Ministry of Defense, Janet Ankomah in a follow-up interview told Myjoyonline.com, persons with multiple ear-piercing and tattoos on the bodies as well as those sporting Rasta hair styles, do not qualify to join the army.
She said the military is a highly disciplined institution and does not tolerate such way of life.
“The Ghana Army considers such carefree lifestyle unfit for the military even though they are not necessarily waywardness,” she said.
source : myjoyonline.com