As far as the 142 year old history of the Cadet Corps, the premier institute of grooming school students to become disciplined citizens and future leaders of the nation is concerned, 04 September 2023 is a red letter day for the National Cadet Corps as they ceremonially took over an Army Training Centre at Mullaitivu as their Second Training Centre. The Infantry Battalion Training Centre of the 59 Division of Sri Lanka Army located at Mullaitivu was ceremonially handed over to National Cadet Corps in the morning session of the day. Hon Premitha Bandara Tennakoon, State Minister of Defence, Maj Gen MK Jayawardena Commander, SF-HQ Mullaitivu,Maj Gen DKAK Dolage Commander, 59 Division of Sri Lanka Army and several other destnguished guests graced this memorable occasion to hand over this much valuable property belonged to Sri Lanka Army to National Cadet Corps.Representing the National Cadet Corps, to take over the Army Training Centre, Director, National Cadet Corps, Brig GS Fonseka, Provincial Deputy Director, Northern Province Col DMG Dissanayake,Commanding Officers of the Northern Province Lt Col UKS Ratnayake, Lt Col Ganga Dissanayake, Lt Col Niroshan Ratnaweera, officers and cadets of 20th, 22nd and 34th battalions of National Cadet Corps were present at this occasion.Addressing the gathering, the State Ministr of Defence thanked the Sri Lanka Army for handing over such a valuable asset to NCC with a great vision of having a better tomorrow to our nation with reconciliation among ethnicities living in our motherland. More over he mentioned about the probable changes that would take place in the near future with the intention of moulding a better citizen who can take challenges in this dynamic world joining hands together forgetting cast, creed, religion or ethnicity. To make it a reality, he is in an idea of increasing the number of cadets in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka from 07% to 25% out of the total student population.As per the way forward plan of the National Cadet Corps, in addition to NCC Training Centre at Rantembe, this Second Training Centre will be used for the training purposes of school cadets of the National Cadet Corps enabling to increase the number of cadets attending battalion, provincial and national level camps and training additional thousands of cadets annually. In addition to that, this Second Training Centre may help cope-up with the increasing demand on cadeting activities of the country and leadership training programmes and outward bound training, specifically for schools, government and non- governmental organizations in the Northern and Eastern Provinces which will help groom more disciplined citizens and future leaders to nation.The Director NCC, Officers and Cadets of National Cadet Corps thank Hon Ranil Wickremasinghe, the President of Sri Lanka who pioneered in forming the National Cadet Corps as an independent organisation under the Ministry of Defence in 1988, helping to take over the Training Centre, Rantembe in 1990, awarding President’s and Corps Colours to NCC and this day helping to hand over the Second Training Centre to NCC.And also the sincere thanks of the National Cadet Corps must go to Hon Premitha Bandara Tennakoon, State Ministry of Defence, Hon Sagala Ratnayake, Chief of Staff to Hon President and National Security Advisor, Gen Kamal Gunaratne, Secretary Defence for their kind guidance, instructions and assistance giving to uplift and upgrade the National Cadet Corps under the leadership of the Hon President.The NCC never forget to thank Gen Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen Wikum Liyanage, the Commander of the Army and all other officers of the above offices, for their immense support and dedication to this generous act, which will be beneficial for the sons and daughters of our nation who try to become disciplined citizens and future leaders.


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