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    THE FEDERAL REGULAR ARMY OF SOUTHERN ARABIA IS JUST ONE YEAR OLD. A COLOURFUL PASSING-OUT?

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    THE FEDERAL REGULAR ARMY OF SOUTHERN ARABIA IS JUST ONE YEAR OLD. A COLOURFUL PASSING-OUT PARADE OF THE ARMY'S RECRUITS AT THE TRAINING SCHOOL WAS ATTENDED LAST SATURDAY BY THE FEDERATION'S MINISTER OF DEFENCE, SULTAN FADHL BIN ALI.

    THE RECRUITS WERE ON PARADE AS THE SULTAN ARRIVED ESCORTED BY A TROOP OF CAMEL CAVALRY. THE SOLDIERS THEN GAVE A DISPLAY OF MARCHING AND DRILL LEARNED IN THE SIX MONTH COURSE, AND AFTERWARDS TO THE BEST CADET, THE SULTAN PRESENTED AN AMMUNITION BELT.

    SOUTHERN ARABIA'S FEDERAL ARMY WAS FORMED FROM THE OLD ADEN PROTECTORATE LEVIES WHO HAD BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE 1928: ITS TASKS TODAY IS TO DEFEND THE FEDERATION AND MAINTAIN INTERNAL SECURITY. IT ALSO HELPS IN BUILDING PROJECTS, IMPROVING ROADS, DEVELOPING EXISTING WATER SUPPLIES, AND ORGANISING MEDICA L AID FOR THE DESERT TRIBES.

    SOLDIERING IS REGARDED AS A MOST HONOURABLE PROFESSION BY ARABS, SO THAT WHEN 36 VACANCIES WERE ANNOUNCED IN THE ARMY, APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED FROM 619 ARABS WHO A TRAVELLED HUNDREDS OF MILES ON FOOT OR CAMEL TO THE ARMY SCHOOL. THE FEDERAL ARMY, WHICH IS OFFICERED BY BOTH BRITISH AND ARAB, IS UNDER THE COMMAND OF A FORMER JORDAN ARAB LEGION OFFICER, BRIGADIER JAMES LUNT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABXDKKUG7WJW50HU7PUO3N3H1L
    Media URN:
    VLVABXDKKUG7WJW50HU7PUO3N3H1L
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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