On the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the creation of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), HM King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of FAR, sent, on Saturday, an order of the day to officers, non-commissioned officers and privates. Here follows the full text of the order of the day: “Praise be to God, may peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, his Kith and Kin, Officers, non-commissioned officers and privates, In accordance with the commendable tradition that We want to perpetuate and with great pride, We address you today, on the occasion of the sixty-sixth anniversary of the creation of the Royal Armed Forces, to express to all of you, all components of the Royal Armed Forces, land, air, naval and the Royal Gendarmerie, Our feelings of sympathy and satisfaction, for your noble deeds and immense sacrifices made in order to raise the colors of the Homeland and to defend its sovereignty and its territorial integrity. And here we are today, and like every year, we commemorate this anniversary so dear to our national memory, a symbol of the values of cohesion, sacrifice and self-denial, from which Our Royal Armed Forces and the entire Moroccan People derive, today, the foundations of their resilience and their determination to face all the desperate attempts to undermine Our territorial integrity and Our solid national constant values. The positive results of your valuable achievements during the past year make Us proud of your availability, your discipline and your spirit of dedication to the service of the Homeland. On this occasion, We would like to salute Our soldiers deployed in Our Southern and Eastern provinces, or those in charge of guarding our land, air and sea borders, with vigilance and firmness, proud of what you do to preserve the unity of the Homeland and the security of citizens. Officers, non-commissioned officers and privates, Our deep conviction in the importance of the noble missions that you accomplish on the security and military levels, and the experiences and achievements that you have accumulated in the field of risk and crisis management make Us aware of the correctness of the approach that We have adopted for the development of Our Royal Armed Forces in terms of structure and organization, as well as Our concern to provide a permanent support and accompaniment, with the same will and determination, so that you can reach a higher level of professionalism and be able to take up all the challenges, particularly in this delicate international situation, with its military, security and economic incidences. In this context, We should salute the efficiency of the human element of Our Royal Armed Forces, men and women, and its continuous evolution that reflects the quality of our military training, which We are always working to upgrade and improve, both theoretically and practically, in order to guarantee you the acquisition, in a continuous and productive manner, of all the necessary knowledge and expertise that qualify you to carry out your multiple tasks under the best conditions. We have also given Our High Instructions for the establishment of a supreme military commission in charge of examining the project of creating a statute for non-commissioned officers, which defines the legal and organizational framework, as well as the management of the career path, according to a modern and global vision for this category, considered as one of the pillars of Our Royal Armed Forces. As an expression of the great concern We have for the families of the martyrs and the wards of the Nation, who have made enormous sacrifices in defense of the Homeland and its territorial integrity, We have given Our orders to allow this category to benefit from housing in the cities of the Kingdom, free of charge and at no additional cost, in order to guarantee them and their families a decent standard of living. One of the most striking manifestations of Our interest in the human element is the objective We aim to achieve through the integration of our Moroccan youth in the military service, with the entry of a new class this year, composed of 20,000 conscripts. In order to preserve the achievements of this national experience, it is necessary to continue to support it through the development of programs, the modernization of infrastructures, and the provision of material and human means for its success, so that our young people who responded, voluntarily and in great numbers to the call, can serve with loyalty and enthusiasm, their Homeland. Officers, non-commissioned officers and privates, In order to strengthen the defense capabilities of Our Army, We will continue to give priority to the plan of equipping and upgrading the Royal Armed Forces, according to integrated programs, based in particular on the establishment of military industries and the development of scientific research, through the conclusion of a series of partnerships and agreements with research centers and Moroccan universities for the implementation of projects with high technical value, the objective being to develop the self-equipment of our Armed Forces in various fields. In parallel with this approach, We have advocated the strengthening of cooperation between Our Royal Armed Forces and their counterparts in brotherly and friendly countries, a choice that has yielded commendable results and contributed to the consolidation of the influence of Our Army and its international presence, thus strengthening your credibility and enriching your knowledge base in the service of the enshrining of the values of peace and security, in which we all believe, and which should prevail between Nations and Peoples. Based on this basic principle, and thanks to the experience accumulated by the Royal Armed Forces, Morocco has become today an active and reliable partner in peacekeeping operations, through the participation of our units by various contingents and by our military officials within the structures of the United Nations organizations. This commitment will be reinforced, God willing, by the creation of a multidisciplinary Moroccan Peacekeeping Center whose mission will be to train and support national and foreign skills, particularly on the African continent, in partnership with the United Nations and certain friendly countries, in order to promote the principles of international security and peace. Officers, non-commissioned officers and privates, On this glorious anniversary, and in the field of security, We will not fail to express Our deep satisfaction and Our gratitude to the members of the Royal Gendarmerie, the National Police, the Auxiliary Forces, the Civil Protection and the Territorial Administration, for what they do, day and night, to ensure the tranquility of the citizens and the protection of their interests, as well as for their constant efforts to preserve the security and ensure the safety of the country, with discipline, perseverance and loyalty. And as every year, we remember, on this day, with reverence and consideration, the noble deeds of the two late Kings, Our August grandfather, His Majesty King Mohammed V and Our venerated father, His Majesty King Hassan II, may God grant peace to their souls, in favor of the Armed Forces, praying God to shower them with His great Mercy, and to welcome them in His vast Paradise, among the Prophets, the Saints, the martyrs and the righteous ones. We also pray God to shower His mercy on Our valiant martyrs who fell in the field of honor so that Morocco may live in freedom and independence, and that its children may enjoy prosperity and dignity, in tranquility and peace. Persevere, God bless you, on this path that We have traced for you, faithful to the oath of the Green March and defending the unity and sacredness of the Homeland, mobilized behind your Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, and attached to Your eternal motto: God, the Homeland, the King”.
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