Brunei defence science centre
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented for the establishment of the Defence Science and Technology Research and Development Centre, which will play a role in strategic planning and modernisation of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).
In his titah during the Sovereign's Parade for the Third Intake of Officer Cadets yesterday, His Majesty said that with the formation of this centre, the Ministry of Defence will further move forward in the development of the RBAF in a balanced and comprehensive manner.
"The Ministry of Defence has not stopped its efforts in enhancing the skills and proficiency (of officers) in the military and defence fields," said His Majesty.
The monarch highlighted other future developments of the Ministry Defence, including the Joint Command and Staff Course in November this year.
"(The course) will be a new chapter in the expansion of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces in training and education, especially for high ranking senior officers," His Majesty said.
The sovereign also underscored the importance of the Officer Cadet School in grooming the future leaders of the RBAF.
"This is the starting point of leadership for each army officer. "They are the defenders of the country, the guardians of (our) peace," His Majesty said.
The monarch also disclosed that for the first time, four female officer cadets will pursue a new field for them, as naval officers in the Royal Brunei Navy.
The monarch stressed that the standard of training must be maintained, and a review process must be conducted to ensure that the Officer Cadet School is on par with other institutions.
His Majesty added that in times of crisis and hardship, many look towards the army for aid and assistance.
"These are the challenges and responsibilities of the leaders of the armed forces, that is why it is important to instil the values and military knowledge.
"The relationship between a leader and those they are responsible for becomes the basis of an effective leadership," said His Majesty.
An officer greeting those under their stewardship is an example of leadership, His Majesty pointed out.
"It comes from the senior officer themselves.
"Through these good practices, a healthy relationship will be forged between the army officers and personnel," the monarch said.
His Majesty also reminded the officer cadets and armed forces in general to uphold and improve the image of the RBAF.
"With this image and reputation, it will be deserving of respect and also become a pillar of sovereignty for religion, king, country and race.
"It is here that I see the role of the Officer Cadet School in fostering good values which will prepare the future corps of Royal Brunei Armed Forces officers," His Majesty said.
The Brunei Times