As a soldier in the AFM, several opportunities are available for you to commit yourself to your Country.
You can serve within the AFM either on Active Duty or as a Reservist. By doing Active Duty you will be serving on a full time engagement for the duration of your enlistment's service which you sign up for - this will be your profession.
As a Reservist, you will be pledging your service to the Country whilst continuing on your own personal separate career path. Both Active Duty and Reservists are soldiers in their own right and may be deployed anywhere as necessary.
As an Enlisted Soldier, you will have the specific job skills coupled with the physical and emotional strength to ensure success of the team on every mission.
Contrary to common perception you do not have to be a sculpted bodybuilder nor a Harvard scholar. You just have to believe in your potential and you will face physically gruelling challenges whilst being able to keep your concentration and remember the essential theory even in dire situations.
Imagine being part of a group of soldiers and their Officers who are just finishing a days' work- a call is received and everyone is informed that a critical situation is on. You are ordered to 'Stand-To' and to get kitted and be ready to act at short notice. Competent authorities assess the situation and command is given to engage in a professional manner even if the odds are not always clear...
What kicks in? A Commissioned Officer, an Enlisted Soldier or a Reservist's competence rests on three fundamental pillars: Physical Training, Skill at Arms and Drill. Basic Training will ensure that any soldier will master these crucial skill sets so higher goals may be attained.
Physical Training - Physical Training is important for everyone and for every age group. Sport makes you physically able to cope with day-to-day demands and also enhances your team play. Being part of a team is what life in the military is about. Are you active? Do you consider yourself a team player?
Basic Requirements- The first step in the recruitment process is a Physical Efficiency Test. You would be required to do a set amount of Push-Ups, Sit-Ups and a 2 mile run as stipulated in the Malta Government Gazette call for enlistment. An Ordinary Level of education is required - make sure that you get the highest scores possible in your exams to get a head-start.
Drill - Similar to other military organizations the AFM holds drill in high esteem. Drill enhances discipline - the backbone of any reckonable Force. You can answerable favourably to your recruiter and say you love discipline - it sounds good. But what do you really understand by it? Take a few seconds and think about it then proceed to read...
A very short, clean and precise statement would be:
Discipline is doing what is right
In the AFM we only tolerate Discipline, that is, we only tolerate what is right! However, what is right is not always clear and situations will challenge your morals, standards and values.
Skill at Arms: you will learn how to handle a weapon system safely, maintain it, and use it to be lethal when confronting your enemy. Being lethal does not simply mean pulling the trigger. Lethality is the combination of these skills and your movement in the field and your ability to take cover and vanish into surroundings, calculate range, know your whereabouts, locate the enemy, communicate and apply the art deception.
These skill sets constitute basic soldier training and are taught by Training Wing instructors.
Basic military training for recruits lasts 18 weeks run by an experienced cadre of instructors selected for their experience, knowledge, qualifications and ability to instruct. You will be trained by qualified instructors professionally trained in military training academies. AFM training instructors boast a tradition of excellence in established training academies in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and the United States. Any recruit will go through a strict regime of physical training, drill, and skill at arms. Coursework would take up to five months and will set any recruit on his or her military career.
In addition to basic military training, an Officer Cadet is exposed to other subjects and coursework if exceptional standards are met. Other subjects will give the cadet necessary knowledge and training to enable him or her to lead once commissioned.
Once basic training is mastered, specific training in Infantry, Explosive Ordnance, Engineering, Maritime and Air may be attempted further down your military career.