High hopes for new Defence Academy

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THE Officer Cadet’s School (OCS) is being targeted as a “centre of excellence” as it looks set to occupy the new Defence Academy at Meragang soon.

Deputy Defence Minister Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat said the new OCS building will be ready “in a short time” to allow training and learning to be carried out in a more conducive environment.

He made the announcement in his address to 30 newly-appointed officer cadets who will begin their 52-week training course today.

The Defence Academy project — initiated last April at a cost of $60 million — is part of His Majesty’s Government’s aim to provide the best training environment for all officer cadets.

The deputy minister added that the OCS should continuously update its training and teachings to keep abreast in today’s globalised era.

“The security climate has become increasingly uncertain and difficult to predict - this creates a big challenge and will test our ability to assume responsibility in defending the nation.

“The purpose of OCS to create officers who have the ability to lead and have the capability to strive towards meeting the Royal Brunei Armed Forces goal of being robust, responsive and efficient,” the Dato Hj Mustappa said.

Professional competence, intellectual capacity, strength of character and inspirational qualities are the principles of good leadership, he pointed out, adding that these should be centred around loyalty to the monarchy and Islamic teachings, whilst respecting Malay culture.

The defence academy will have two zones — the first academic and the second for officer cadets, according to a news report earlier in May, quoting the project’s principal architect.

Attending the course launch of the 13th intake of OCS at the Gurkha Reserve Unit in Sg Akar was Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Pahlawan Mohd Tawih Abdullah.

Also present were permanent secretaries as well as family members of the officer cadets.

The Brunei Times