Kazakhstan's West Point: Insights from a Graduate of the Ground Forces Military Institute(GFMI): on Education and Challenges

Interview with Lieutenant Adaibek Abdulaev.

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05/07/2023 - 09:23

The editorial at Sarbaz.kz had the opportunity to speak with Lieutenant Adaibek Abdulaev, a graduate of the Ground Forces Military Institute (GFMI), who has shed light on the unique aspects of training officers in the logistics and support services.

In a world, where logistics and military support play a crucial role in the success of military operations, support service officers hold a valuable place. Their training encompasses a wide range of knowledge and skills. Lt. Adaibek Abdulaev, a graduate of the GFMI, has shared insights into the training of support service officers with Sarbaz.kz:

“Since childhood, I had dreamed of being a military officer and wearing the uniform. In the 9th grade, I have attempted to enroll in the “Zhas Ulan” College but was unsuccessful. However, I did not give up, and after graduating from school, I applied to the GFMI. Moreover, the Institute is considered the best among all military universities and consistently upholds its prestigious title through high rankings in various competitions. One could say that the GFMI is Kazakhstan's equivalent of West Point.”

"I studied in the Department of Logistics. In addition to theoretical studies, we had numerous field trips to the training ground. Tank crews and motorised infantry trainees were focused on shooting from tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. However, as students of the logistics department, we familiarised ourselves with practically all types of weapons, ranging from AK-74 rifles to grenade launchers."

"When it comes to challenges, adapting to the military regime was particularly tough. The first two years are all about adapting, while by the third and fourth years, everything becomes second nature. The most memorable event was the march from the training ground to the barracks. We walked 50 kilometers from morning till evening, fully equipped and armed. Of course, there were those who couldn't endure, but for the most part, we all made it."

"Our day would begin with waking up at 6 AM, followed by washing up and assembling for formation. After breakfast, we would have classes from 9 AM up until lunchtime. The afternoon was dedicated to independent study. In the evening, we had dinner and personal time, which lasted until 10 PM."

"There are no easy professions; every job has its challenges. We had classmates who dropped out after the first year, realising that they couldn't handle it. Initially, 350 people were enrolled, but only 220 graduated. Personally, my main motivation was my dream of becoming an officer.”

Lt. Adaibek Abdulaev's account provides valuable insights into the rigorous training and personal dedication required to excel in the military's support services.

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