Discipline vital, soldiers told

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The National,Tuesday July 5th, 2016

The message of discipline was echoed once again through the PNG Defence Force parade as First Battalion Royal Pacific Islands Regiment troops lined up at the Taurama Barracks in Port Moresby yesterday.
Commanding officer Lt-Col Edison Napyo said the parade was to ensure checks and balances were in place among the troops,  ensuring that disciplinary rules were still maintained within the military and civil society.
“The parade was to remind the troops to uphold discipline and various activities they are supposed to, such as training, which is very important as it is in the best interest of the PNGDF,” Napyo said.
“Because if we don’t remind them of these things, they might forget and lose focus and end up doing the wrong things.
“These are directives from the headquarters and unit standing orders that must be adhered to.
“These laws are put in place so that we know our right and left of arcs and that our daily conduct is reflective of disciplined servicemen and women.” Napyo said the action of soldiers would not go unnoticed so it was proper that routine checks were done to maintain the highest level of discipline.
“I must warn that soldiers who consume alcohol and cause disturbances and fight among themselves must have good reasons when they are referred to me.”
The soldiers were reminded that they were still covered by the military law, civil law and the criminal law and their discipline is vital to the public and the military rank.