164 military recruits conclude training
ONE hundred sixty-four male recruits of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) concluded their 27 weeks of basic military training yesterday with a passing out parade.
The ceremony took place at the RBAF Training Institute parade square in Penanjong Garrison, Tutong.
The guest of honour, Hj Nazmi Hj Mohamad, permanent secretary (management and international) at the Ministry of Finance (MoF), received the general salute.
In his speech, Hj Nazmi said he believed the basic military training has molded the new recruits into disciplined, responsible, trustworthy and passionate individuals.
These exemplary qualities should be embodied by all youth in the country, he added.
He cited an excerpt from the titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam which stated that prosperity will have no meaning without peace and stability.
In relation to this, Hj Nazmi highlighted efforts by the MoF to improve the country’s economic situation which can also help contribute to peace and stability.
This includes the prudent and cost-effective spending of government funds based on the projected outcome of each investment.
With the current economic situation, he said, “prudent financial management is not only important in stimulating economic growth, but in defense strategic planning, it is also important to ensure that financial resources and limited military assets are managed and optimised so the country can continue to be protected from internal and external threats.”
Hj Nazmi also presented awards to two instructors and four male recruits for their outstanding performance throughout the training.
The award recipients included Recruit Mohd Harisuddin Zaini for Best Overall Male Recruit, Recruit Mohammad Noor Yazid Hj Mat Yunus for Best Academic Performance, Recruit Afi Amiruddin Jabih for Best Physical Training and Recruit Muhammad Rifqi Dullah for Best Male Recruit for Rifle M16.
Meanwhile,Corporal Md Nasir Siahat was named Best Male Instructor and Corporal Mohd Yasreen Hj Othman was named Best Male Platoon Sergeant.
Also present were RBAF Commander Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah as well as service commanders and commandants, directors, senior officers and family members of the male recruits who concluded the training.
The Brunei Times