The Central African government will recruit a total of 2,600 soldiers in the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) in 2020, Marie-Noëlle Koyara, Central African Minister of Defense and Army Restructuring, said on Monday.
According to her, the Central African military programming law provides for an annual recruitment of 1,300 soldiers between 2019 and 2023, but a delay was noted last year, thus pushing the government to double the number of recruits in 2020.
For Ms. Koyara, the final objective is to have the army comprising of some 9,800 competent men and women by 2023.
In the past, many young people had already been part of the FACA ranks . They had been trained first by the European mission (EUTM / RCA), then by Russian instructors in the handling of weapons supplied by Russia.