Officers complete 13th JSC training

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

OFFICERS who undertook the 13th Junior Staff Course (JSC) successfully completed their training at the Defence Academy in Sungai Akar yesterday.

A total of 20 officers from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) including five military officers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as an officer from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and Fire and Rescue Department completed the 14-week programme designed to enhance skills necessary for their profession.

The guest of honour, the Commander of RBAF Major General Dato Paduka Seri Hj Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin, in his speech urged all the students to strive hard to work beyond what they have already mastered in order to raise the standards and to be catalyst for change.

“To be a good staff officer, you need to be meticulous, knowledgeable and committed; never take shortcuts in whatever you do, never take things too easy and do not be complacent,” said Major General Dato Hj Aminuddin Ihsan.

“As words of wisdom, the knowledge you have gained

“And in order to enhance organisational performance, I urge all of you to be a catalyst for change when you return to your units,” he added.

“It is also imperative that the new approaches and ideas that you have acquired in the course to be skillfully, wisely and appropriately implemented for betterment of your units.”

Apart from presenting certificates, the guest of honour also presented awards to those who have excelled in the course. For Best Research Essay, the award went to 744 Captain Nurulain Rawiah Hj Mohd Raub while the Best Service Paper and Overall Best Student went to 785 Captain Sheikh Mohd Faizal Dato Paduka Sheikh Hj Adnan.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Captain Nurulain Rawiah explained that the course was actually conducted in three phases and one of them was on leadership skills, which according to her it aimed at grooming participants on their leadership and command; to be more confident in front of people. Her paper, which won the Best Research Essay award, was a proposal giving three ways on how Brunei can be a regional hub in Southeast Asia.

Meanwhile, Captain Sheikh Mohd Faizal who proposed Syariah law to be included in the RBAF (Best Service Paper) said that the course was mandatory for captains; which is also compulsory for their career.

“It pushes you to build your confidence, working in groups and most importantly; teamwork where it taught you the ability to bring the whole course,” he said.

It was also told that the papers that they both write were different; the service paper was a recommendation to improve things in RBAF while the research essay recommends improvements in a broader sense.

The 14-week course began on September 9 this year and according to a statement from Ministry of Defence (Mindef), the training gave further emphasis on the need for greater expertise, professionalism and skills in personnel at all levels of the Mindef and the RBAF.

Also present at the closing ceremony yesterday were the Deputy Commander of RBAF, Service Commanders, Commandant, Defence Attaches and Defence Advisors, senior military and civilian officers, Directing Staff and RBAF officers.

The Brunei Times