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General News of Monday, 15 October 2018


Scrap height requirement for army, police recruitments – MP

The Vice Chairperson of Parliament’s Defence and Interior Committee, and Member of Parliament for Manhyia North constituency, Collins Owusu Amankwah, is making a case for the scraping of a minimum height requirement for recruitment into the country’s security agencies.

According to him, some of the recruitment requirements must be entirely reviewed because they are obsolete.

He said height in this day and age has very little to do with the work of a security official as it has more to do with intelligence and brainwork than physical stature.

Speaking to Citi News, Collins Amankwah described that height requirement as “archaic.”

“It is so surprising that in this modern world where we are talking about brainwork, we are still relying on archaic principle of enlisting our abled men and women, intelligent young people based on their height. So assuming we are on the soil of China, clearly, I don’t want to believe that everybody will be qualified to join their military or other security agencies. This is unfair,” he said.

For all of Ghana’s security agencies, there is a minimum height requirement and persons who fall short of it are not recruited.

For the Ghana Immigration Service, for instance, the minimum height is 1.73 metres (5ft 8inch) for Males and 1.63 metres (5ft 4inch) for Females.

For the Ghana Armed Forces, interested persons must be of a minimum height of 1.68m (5’6”) for males and 1.60m (5? 4”) for females.

The Police Service has a minimum height requirement of 5 feet 8 inches [173cm] tall for males, and 5 feet 4 inches [163] for females.