NYSC Engagement Video: Female Soldier Can Get Soft Landing With Loud Warning
A female soldier who recently got engaged to a corps member at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Yikpata Orientation Camp in Kwara state could get a soft landing with a loud warning, PRNigeria gathered.
It will be recalled that a video of a male corps member proposing to a female soldier at Camp NYSC recently surfaced online and went viral.
In the clip, the lovers were seen sharing romantic moments as the body member wore the lady’s military cap as she stood directly behind him. They then shared a kiss to the delight of the other body members filming the incident.
Military sources told PRNigeria that the female soldier is not being held in a military incarceration center but in a secure guard room where roaming personnel are held in the enforcement of disciplinary measures.
A military officer from the education corps claimed that the female soldier was never “arrested”, but was only subjected to normal disciplinary action to send a clear warning to those who might attempt to flout military rules.
“If the female soldier had not been engaged in a public romance in uniform at the orientation camp, but outside, no one would have cared.
“If she is not sanctioned, others might simply be emboldened to do even worse than her. Remember that military laws and regulations are different from those of the public service.
“The army, as an institution, has its laws and regulations which must be followed and respected, and if they are mistreated by officers and soldiers, without any sanction, it is only a matter of time. before the institution loses its respect in the eyes of the public.
A senior NYSC official, who also craved anonymity, while speaking to PRNigeria, confirmed that even the male member of the Youth Corps who proposed to the female soldier was questioned and berated for sharing the video about the social media, although he denied sharing it himself.
Meanwhile, army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said it is an act of indiscipline for a trainer to engage in an affair with his trainee.
He qualified the act of fraternization in military terms. He further stated that it was an act of serious misconduct for the staff to engage in a romance in uniform.
“The Nigerian military has codes of conduct, rules and regulations that guide our personnel whenever they are deployed on duty.
“As a member of the staff, his task was to train the members of the body and not to engage in a romantic relationship with any of them,” he said.
Mr Nwachukwu said the public perception would have been different if a soldier proposed to a female trainee, adding that he (the public) would have viewed it as taking advantage of the female trainee.
“These rules were put in place for the purpose of good administration and discipline in the army. If I may ask, what if the soldier was a man? How would the public have perceived his action? Decidedly, this would have been seen as taking advantage of a female member of the body, a trainee, entrusted to her care for training.
“The same applies here. The Nigerian army like all the others has its disciplinary codes, distinct from that of society in general. Each staff member has voluntarily committed to be bound by this code, ”he added.
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