Thirty officer cadets begin intensive training

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THIRTY officer cadets will begin their intensive 52-week training today, after being selected from a pool of 133 candidates.

Quality not quantity has become the Officer Cadet School’s (OCS) mantra – proving the high standard of physical and mental aptitude required to secure a place as an officer cadet, according to the Ministry of Defence.

Twelve women and 18 men were selected and awarded their new insignia ranks by Royal Brunei Armed Forces Commander Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Bin Abdullah yesterday, after rigorous testing by the Armed Forces Commissiong Board (AFCB) from September 9 to 19.

Muhammad Fairuz Rosli, 27, said that he was looking forward to earning a national diploma in military leadership and management as part of the OCS training.

He added that he found the fitness requirements the most challenging part of the selection process, as applicants had to complete 2.4 kilometers in 12.30 minutes and below, with more than five pull-ups and a minimum of 50 repetitions on pushups and sit-ups.

Ak Md Izzat Pg Sufri, a fresh graduate from Universiti Brunei Darussalam, was amongst eight officer cadets who will join the Royal Brunei Air Force upon completion of the training. He said he felt proud and honoured at being selected, and expressed excitement and nervousness at the prospect of the year-long course ahead.

“My physical fitness and my ability to lead helped me succeed in being selected, and I also just passed my (flight) aptitude test,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve always wanted fly, and I hope to serve the country as a military pilot. After getting my degree I could not pass up on this opportunity.”

Another candidate, Najiah Hj Abdul Hisab, said she intends to use her academic background in philosophy and comparative literature to serve in the military as an intelligence officer.

“The command and task aspect of the training was the most challenging. As someone new to the military, it was something I had to adapt quickly to and I am continuing to improve on,” Najiah said.

For Muhd Izzuddin Abqari Ahmad Basuni, a Biological Science graduate, his resilient attitude and the willingness to improve on his weaknesses secured him a place amongst 14 cadets who will join the Royal Brunei Land Force.

“During my first application to OCS I was unsuccessful, and I took what the AFCB had pointed out as areas of improvements and I bettered them,” the 24-year-old said.

Deputy Defence Minister Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat attended the ceremony held at the Gurkha Reserve Unit in Sg Akar. Those who have successfully completed the course will be commissioned by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the new Defence Academy site in Meragang next October.

The Brunei Times