HM praises 32 officer cadets

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Thirty-two officer cadets of the Third Sovereign's Parade yesterday left a positive impression on His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, with the monarch praising their well-executed march past.

"I would like to congratulate on the parade that had just taken place, a very good drill, well done," His Majesty said in his titah while officiating at the Sovereign's Parade for the Third Intake Officer Cadets yesterday.

His Majesty, who is also the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), said that the Sovereign's Parade is a landmark achievement for the officer cadets and will become a source of pride for their parents and family.

"I am extremely proud and take pleasure in seeing their skills and capabilities, controlling their discipline well, allowing them to develop further and have confidence in carrying out all their (future) challenging tasks," His Majesty said.

The monarch also presented a number of awards to the best performing officer cadets in four categories.

Mohd Nabil Jalil was awarded with the Sword of Honour, after attaining apex achievements in basic military training, academic, physical, and all aspects in the second phase training.

Mohd Nabil also completed his GCE 'A' levels at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College in the United Kingdom.

The Sword of Honour signifies the pillar of utmost brilliance for the officer cadet who fulfilled the criteria to qualify for the award.

"The officer cadet must also possess strong and exemplary characteristics as an officer in terms of steadfast leadership as well as demonstrates upbeat personality from the beginning until the end of the officer cadet training at the RBAF Officer Cadet School, " the Ministry of Defence stated.

His Majesty also presented the "Best in Academic Award" to Ak Ashrin Pg Mohd Zaidi, who achieved the top result in the overall academic studies that cover essay writing, oral presentations, examinations and broad knowledge in current affairs.

A female officer cadet, Hidayatul Zabidah Hj Dayang received the "Best Military Skills Award", while Mohd Husaini Hj Mohd Sofian scooped the "Best in Physical Training Endurance Award", in recognition of his outstanding physical resilience throughout the training period.

Shortly after His Majesty's arrival yesterday, the monarch received the Royal Salute and inspected the Guard of Honour mounted by 26 personnel of the Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF) and the 32 officer cadets of the Third Intake, including five female officer cadets.

Also in the line-up were 32 commissioning officer cadets and 26 junior intake officer cadets, with Captain (U) Mohd Nooryasdie Yahya, heading the parade.

Following the inspection, the event proceeded with the slow and fast march past before returning to position.

Before the parade drew to a close, the participating officer cadets cheered "Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik" (All Hail His Majesty).

Before leaving the parade square, His Majesty once more received the Royal Salute and proceeded to the Sungai Akar Officers' Mess to meet the officer cadets and their families.

His Majesty also received a pesambah and signed the royal parchment and a Book of Journey.

Prior to leaving the ceremony, His Majesty also met and received greetings from instructors and officers of the Officer Cadet School.

His Majesty was greeted by Deputy Minister of Defence Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat and RBAF Commander Dato Paduka Seri Major General Hj Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin upon his arrival for the Third Sovereign's Parade at RBAF Officer Cadet School (OCS) in Sungai Akar Camp.

The Brunei Times