The inaugural Gyalsung program, a landmark initiative empowering young Bhutanese to shape their future and serve their nation, is just months away. Thousands of youths have already expressed their interest, eager to embark on this transformative journey. And now, the excitement gets a boost, though the registration deadline has been extended to February 15.
Nearly 10,000 young minds, out of the 12,305 eligible, have shown their enthusiasm by signing up for the program. However, only 8,911 have completed the formal registration as of January 15th. Recognizing the ongoing process and to ensure everyone has the opportunity to join, the Gyalsung Headquarters generously extended the deadline.
This is an individual chance to be part of something extraordinary. “Don’t miss out! Get registered before February 15th and avoid any penalties associated with late registration. Remember, the Gyalsung program is mandatory, and it’s an incredible opportunity to contribute to your nation’s progress while acquiring valuable skills and experiences,” notified the Gyalsung Headquarter.
However, there are exceptions. An official from the Gyalsung office clarified,” If the person is currently pursuing further studies or planning to repeat Class XII, these people will be eligible for a one-time exemption from the 2024 program.”
“But with this exemption, a person must first register for Gyalsung courses. Think of it as reserving a spot for the future that an individual can then apply for the exemption and join the training the following year, once an individual has completed their studies,” the official added.
Looking ahead, from 2025 onwards, the Gyalsung program will become even more inclusive. All eligible youths, regardless of their education status or location, will be required to undergo the year-long training upon reaching 18 or completing Class XII. It’s a chance for everyone to contribute, to learn, and to grow together.
And for those who need a little more time, there’s the deferment option. The official conveyed that deferments are granted every year, with a usual duration of one year. “If the circumstances which lead to remain valid, deferment can be renewed annually upon re-application by the eligible students. So, kept on applying if the student’s circumstances require it.”
“However, those students who seek the deferment must remember to fulfill the requirements and provide supporting documents for their application,” the official added.
Meanwhile, the deferment application door will be kept open from October 2023 to April 2024. So, those eligible person needs to keep on following the provided link, which contains the necessary procedures for the deferment. Even an individual who wants to peruse for the submission of their applications must necessarily submit well within the given timeframe.
According to the Gyalsung Office, the first batch of cadets will begin their training on 1st September 2024, and end the program by January 15, 2025. This inaugural year promises an exciting blend of experiences for those trainees.
The program takes a duration of four and half years of training. Which divides for the first three months with the basic military training, laying a foundation of discipline and resilience. And then followed by national education, life skills, and the development of teamwork and leadership skills within one and a half months.
From 2025 onwards, the program schedule shifts from March 1st to January 31st and introduces a six-month skilling component. This means even more opportunities for participants to acquire practical skills that will benefit them throughout their lives and careers.
As per the Gyalsung office, for the second batch in the following year, participation is projected to reach approximately 13,000, creating a vibrant community of young minds working together for a brighter secure future both for the country and themselves.
The basic proportion of the Gyalsung program is more than just training; it’s an investment in the country for security. It’s basically about equipping young energetic people with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world. It’s about fostering a spirit of volunteerism and selfless service, empowering them to contribute meaningfully to their communities and the nation.
Literarily, it’s mainly with the building of a generation of leaders, prepared to uphold the unity, peace, and sovereignty of the country. As envisioned by His Majesty the King, the Gyalsung Act is a gateway for every Bhutanese young youth to unlock their potential and become the most productive citizens, serving the country’s security.