Graduation day for the new recruits to the Afghan army
Between December 2010 and January 2011, BBC News followed the progress of four new recruits to the Afghan National Army.
All aged under 20, Mirajuddin, Mahmood, Farhad and Faizullah underwent an intensive eight week training programme at the Kabul Military Training Centre.
The aim is to turn them into professional soldiers ready to be deployed in the fight against the Taliban.
In this video, the recruits take part in a parade to mark their graduation and learn where they will be posted. Will they be sent to the danger zones of southern Afghanistan?