A total of 2,476 candidates have been selected to become army recruits after having passed the recent examinations, with 80 per cent of them being children of working soldiers.

The committee tasked with selecting youth volunteers to work for the army released an announcement on Thursday telling all candidates to check the result of the army examinations on Friday.

It said the result will be posted at the army office in the capital’s Kambol district; Military Region 1, in Stung Treng; Region 2 in Kampong Cham; Region 3 in Kampong Speu; Region 4 in Siem Reap; Region 5 in Battambang; and at the Special Command in the capital’s Dangkor district.

The results can also be found at Intervention Division 2 in Siem Reap’s Banteay Srei district, and Intervention Division 3 in Choam Ksan district, in Preah Vihear province.

The announcement also said all successful candidates should show up and start training on Thursday and Friday next week at each of the locations.

Army spokesperson Mao Phalla on Thursday said the selection committee decided to select the candidates to fill positions in the army.

He said the new recruits will be placed in positions vacated by retiring members.

“I don’t have information on the number of those who sat for the entrance examinations as I am not in the selection committee. But I know the results will be announced on Friday. As I heard, 2,476 have been selected.

“Eighty per cent of those who submitted their application forms were the children of working soldiers or veterans. The rest are non-army related youth,” he said.

He said those who were selected had met the requirements, including being between the ages of 18 and 25 and having passed high school.

Those between 26 and 39 years, must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent while those between 31 and 35 have to have specialised certifications.

He said all candidates must be at least 1.6m tall, and physically healthy. They must perform their work, be loyal to the Kingdom and have a clean criminal record.

Members of the selection committee could not be reached for comment on Thursday.