In mix-reactions some citizens said the newly organized army can be trusted in terms of combat readiness and courtesy, but cannot be trusted in the area of human relationship with the public.
They noted that the current AFL has so many foreign trainings including communist ideology and disciplines which they say can undermine the unitary army posture which Liberia enjoyed in the past years.
The citizens believe that such communist trainings has killed the normal social culture of the AFL which the public used to admired during the past regimes such as the method street drills, the matching band, the popular right-hand salute, and other drill code.
They argued that the communist doctrines have dissuaded the American military training, while some said the communist training could build the physical strength and the ability of the Liberian army in combat action.
Some said the composition of the current army has negative impact on the AFL in terms of the vetting process which derailed international expectation in rebuilding the new army for Liberia after civil upheaval.
Many residents argued that the Ministry of National Defense and its partner did not carry out due diligence on the personnel to determine their attitudes in community and their association with warring factions, but rather indiscriminately recruit the soldiers.
They observed that such recruitment is now bringing disgrace to the army, and urged the Ministry of National Defense and its international partners to remold the minds of the new AFL by organizing periodic workshops that will change the personnel attitudes and minds.
The citizens also recommend that the AFL must have one foreign doctrine that will conform to Liberia supremacy in terms of practicing traditional military doctrines which the country enjoyed over the years.
The citizens want Government to increase the salaries of the AFL personnel in other to attract more citizens with moral characters to join the AFL. There are also opinions that some former AFL officers that have the requisites trainings from the past should be called back.
They also recommended that Government must increase the current strength of the AFL from a platoon level to company size in Mali to enable the personnel to ably face combat mission since the army is operating in hostile terrain that is infested with Islamic fundamentalist organizations.