It is no fallacy that all citizens of every country have their fundamental human rights, especially the right to life. The list of military schools in Ghana that I am about to outline has an unquantifiable influence on the right to life of every citizen within and outside Ghana. Does this resonate with you and trigger your sense of curiosity? Then read this interesting piece to the end.
The list of the military schools in Ghana is given below;
Ghana Military Academy.
Military Academy and Training School.
Army Recruit Training School.
The lingo of military schools in Ghana.
Each profession has its lingo, the inherent language or expressions that make it stand out.
The following are the necessary lingo for the military profession, especially those that are used in the tutelage of the students in military schools in Ghana.
“Balls to the wall”
Meaning: To go or run as fast as one possibly can.
This was derived from the flying principle of military aviation’s aircraft. The aircraft’s control levers had balls on the end. Thus when the pilot is about to fly, they push the accelerator all out, which would put the ball on the lever against the firewall in the cockpit. And this is what came about the “balls to the wall”
“Bite the bullet”
Meaning: Enduring pain or discomfort without crying out.
This was coined by a British Army Capt. Francis Grose published the book, “Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue” in 1811. In the book, he used the phrase “chew the bullet” to explain how proud soldiers stayed silent while being whipped.
“Boots on the ground”
This refers to the Ground troops engaged in an operation
This term is Credited to Army Gen. Volney Warner, he used “boots on the ground” to mean troops in combat. It is used to exclusively describe military operations. However, it has now found its wide use in referring to any person sent out to walk the ground in an area.
“Caught a lot of flak”
It means to be criticized in a harsh manner.
Flak is actually an acronym derived from German air defense cannons. The Germans referred to the guns as Fliegerabwehrkanonen. Flieger means flyer, abwehr means defense, while kanonen means cannon. Airmen in World War II would have to fly through dangerous clouds of shrapnel created by flak. This made the phrase progress in meaning until it became equated with abusive criticism.
5.“Got your six”
This means; Watching your back
Military members describe direction using the hours of a clock. So, whichever direction the vehicle, unit, or any target is moving represents the 12 o’clock position, then the six o’clock position is to the rear. “Got your six” and the related “watch your six” were from service members getting each other’s back by notifying that their rear is covered or that they need to watch out for an enemy attacking from behind.
The culture of the military schools in Ghana.
With the keen observation of the military personnel, we notice that they behave strictly according to rules. They know when and how to use their personal weapons and how to protect themselves.
Furthermore, they are well trained in how to disguise themselves, receive orders from their superiors, perform the respective tasks assigned to them, and report promptly In their performance
All of these etiquettes are a result of a general and well-established understanding of the organizational culture and the mission. Most importantly, the social standards and interaction related to serving in the military and obeying orders.
Every organization relies and depends on its culture; the standard way of doing things and its environment. The more effective and longer the tradition, the more rooted and recognizable the culture is.
Ultimately, it is easier to define the values such culture and tradition promote. However, many structural factors, such as history, religion, ethnic, professional, language, and nationality, create a culture. And the culture continues to develop in accordance with various external pressures and influences.
The culture in the military schools in Ghana is learned appropriately through their various drilling processes. Briefly, it promotes values and provides a lens through which its products can perceive and understand the world.
Generally, culture, in military organizations especially in Ghana, has a specific concept, which differs from other cultures in terms of its philosophy, approach, and requirements.
However, as a significant component of the education of future members through their curriculum outcomes and requirements, military schools in Ghana must have outstanding products. Furthermore, with their methods, content, and education levels, they must produce cadres that are capable, prepared and willing to fulfill their commanding officers’ tasks.
In other words, the inherent character of military schools in Ghana is different from other schools that encourage the development of shared constructive action. Other characteristics that surround the student-centred philosophy in other schools include; critical thought, elimination or acceptance of imposed authority, questioning, etc.
Although it cannot be implied that military schools in Ghana outrightly seek to avoid the encouragement of these behaviors and thoughts, they, however, work with distinctive respect, for clear structure and the specific nature of the military ethics and principles.
Explicitly, the reconciliation of these differences is the goal of all employees of military schools in Ghana. Moreover, apart from accepting the terms and conditions of their work, they must also, by their own implicit value system, promote the fundamental values of the schools. Thereby inculcating a positive effect on the development of the schools’ unique culture.
Therefore, it is imperative to make an adequate effort to improve the culture and value system in the military schools in Ghana. There has to be recognition, study and research to improve the culture of military schools in Ghana as well as their hidden, formal, and informal curricula.
In conclusion, military schools in Ghana are important pillars to establish adequate security in the country. They have a wide range of disparities to other schooling systems, as they are expected to produce warriors and great citizens of the country.