Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army, General Andika Perkasa, saw off a group of soldiers who will undergo a joint military exercise with the US Army in Fort Polk, Louisiana, the United States.

“We want to officially send our troops to train at Fort Polk. I think this is one of the biggest moments in the bilateral relationship between the US Army and the Indonesian Army,” Perkasa said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.

The ceremony marking the soldiers’ departure was held at the Army Headquarters in Central Jakarta, and attended by a representative of the US Army, attached to the US embassy in Jakarta.

"I believe this (training arrangement) will continue; we will prepare for the next one; next year maybe we will send more," Perkasa said.

A total of 125 Indonesian Army soldiers will participate in the joint training activity at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk.

The soldiers have passed COVID-19 swab tests, in compliance with the applicable health protocol standards.

The military training at the JRTC is aimed at helping the soldiers hone their abilities in planning strategies and implementing the shoot, move, and communicate training process.

The JRTC at Fort Polk is one of the three combat training centers in the US, in addition to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center and the National Training Center. The three centers, along with the Mission Command Training Program, fall under the U.S. Army's Combat Training Center Program.

The center focuses on improving unit readiness by providing highly realistic, stressful, joint and combined arms training across the full spectrum of conflict, current and future.

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