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Sixty East African Cadets Graduate Today in Israel As Officers

With Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and Brig. Gen. Tzvi Tzur, chief of staff of Israel’s defense forces, to take the salute, 60 East African cadet officers trained in Israel will be formally graduated tomorrow. Each graduate will be awarded the emblem of an Israeli army officer.

The men, ranging in ages from 20 to 35, have undergone a training course begun in this country last January. They are from Uganda and Tanganyika. Originally, they were selected from among several hundred applicants by an Israeli team comprised of an army officer, an air force officer and a medical officer. All are expected to return to their homes to assume officer status in the future army of the East African Federation. During their training course, they were taught, among other subjects, army organization, logistics and staff work. They were also taught English.

Another group of trainees from Uganda and Tanganyika is still receiving training as air force officers, and will be graduated as officers soon. Next month, 250 Congolese soldiers will start training in this country for paratroop duty. That program is being initiated at the request of Prime Minister Cyrille Adoula, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (Leopoldville).