RBAF to enhance safety standards during training

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THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) commander yesterday vowed to enhance safety standards in military training as the latest intake of officer cadets at the Officer Cadet School (OCS) kicked off their 12-month course at the new Defence Academy in Tanah Jambu.

Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah said they will strive to make military training safer through meticulous and systematic planning.

“This will be achieved by the process of risk management, beginning with identifying potential risks, and followed by risk mitigation or steps to address or control each risk,” he explained, adding that realism in training will be maintained.

However, he pointed out the various forms of training the officer cadets will undergo comes with its own inherent risks.

“All military training, whether by default or by design, are susceptible to elements of risk. These are all geared towards achieving the goals and objectives of training them to overcome fears, build confidence and make the officer cadets are more resilient and agile.”

The commander also acknowledged some officer cadets might feel the training is too strenuous as they are required to push past their comfort zone and change their daily routine.

In a bid to allay the concerns of parents, he assured that OCS will provide the best training and guidance towards shaping the officer cadets to become stronger in mental, physical and spiritual aspects as well as social skills.

Pehin Major General Dato Mohd Tawih also urged family members of officer cadets to trust the process and procedures set out in the administration and running of OCS.

“(This) is so that officers and instructors at OCS can carry out their respective tasks as well as responsibilities effectively and efficiently,” he said, noting that officer cadets and parents can raise critical concerns via the proper channels.

The Brunei Times