"The Afghan National Army is regularly derided as being a rag-tag militia, dope-smoking, lazy and irresponsible in battle," writes John D McHugh, a Reportage photographer who recently spent time with ANA soldiers in Helmand Province. He continues:
There is no doubt that this is true in some cases, but the reality that I have witnessed over my 7 years in Afghanistan is that there are plenty of brave and committed Afghan soldiers who want to serve their country, fight the Taliban, and hope for peace one day. But while bravery and commitment are important traits in a soldier, there are other skills that must be taught to men if they are to have any chance of surviving in a war.
McHugh is an Irish photojournalist and filmmaker based in London, England. McHugh has worked extensively in Afghanistan since the start of 2006. He has been embedded with US, Canadian, and British troops. His new feature, available via Reportage by Getty Images, is titled “Observe the Sons of Afghan Marching Toward War.”
Caption: HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 2012: Afghan National Army soldiers take part in Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) training at the Regional Training Centre in Helmand, 17 Nov 2012.