When more than 1,000 from around the world have applied for paramilitary ranger volunteer positions in the area, young people have little concern in serving in the struggle-torn deep South.
On Friday, a total of 1,077 contestants underwent a physical fitness test at the Ingkhayuthaborihan military camp in Pattaya’s Nong Chik district.. When more than 1,000 people from around the world have applied for unpaid paramilitary ranger posts in the region, young people have little worry regarding working in the deep South that is ripped apart by hardship.
A total of 1,077 contestants went through a physical fitness test at the Ingkhayuthaborihan military camp in the Nong Chik district of Pattaya on Friday. After the fitness checks, officials will shortlist 135 candidates. On Tuesday, they will undergo a second examination, in which 15 are appointed and 45 others are placed on the waiting list.
The Fourth Army Deputy Commander, Maj Gen Kriangkrai Srirak, said it was a joy to see more than 1,000 women expressing an interest in being volunteer rangers. As he visited the military camp to provide moral support to all candidates, the recruitment will be done in a fair and open manner, he added.
A total of 1,261 women from around the country submitted from Sept 12 to Sept 21, Col Khomkrit Rattanachaya, commander of the 43rd ranger task force, said, and 1,077 took the fitness tests on Friday. Aside from physical health and ability, special attention would be given to those who had completed law studies, he said.
Russamena Den-udom, from the Kapho district of Pattani, said she applied for a position as soon as she knew there were opportunities, and practiced hard ahead of the tests on Friday. She said she wished to be hired because it would allow her the chance to support local residents, adding that she didn’t think it would be risky for the role. She said that her family did not know she had applied, so she said she would inform them after all the examinations had been taken. She assumed that her mother would not resist her decision because there was integrity in the work.
Ranger volunteer Samsunee Waesahor said the job entails a number of different roles, from visiting local people and engaging in group events, to maintaining road checkpoints and doing women’s body searches where appropriate. Depending on what societies needed, female ranger volunteers could also fill other positions, such as teachers , nurses and chefs.