RBAF holds career roadshow for students
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) yesterday held a career roadshow for students at Dewan Kemasyarakatan Sengkurong in a bid to break misconceptions about military professions.
Attended by more than a hundred students from secondary schools, it aimed to promote career opportunities in the military.
The chairperson of the event, Major Mohammad Azhan Hj Ahmad, said the roadshow was organised in conjunction with the RBAF’s 55th anniversary, adding that many people misconceive the military and view the profession as only concerned with battles and wars.
“We want to expose the careers that are available in the military to students who don’t know about them.
“We want to eliminate the stereotyping and misconception of the military being only involved in wars with weapons and going into the jungle,” he said, adding that by holding the roadshow, students can interact with the personnel and have a closer look at the equipment used in the military.
Major Mohammad Azhan said the one-day roadshow carries the concept of ‘Try, Look and Feel’ where secondary students can get a feel of the lifestyles of different occupations in the military.
Among the units involved were the Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Air Force and Royal Brunei Navy.
“We want to let students out there know that there are other types of fields you can join in the military,” he said, noting that most students were unaware that the RBAF has its own medical team, engineers and lawyers.
As part of the roadshow, representatives from various RBAF units gave a talk on their jobs in the hope of persuading students to develop an interest in the military.
Major Mohammad Azhan said applicants must have a minimum of two credits in any GCE O-Level subjects or equivalent qualifications recognised by the government, while to become a military officer, candidates must take on “the mantle of leadership” and have a minimum qualification of a Higher National Diploma.
The roadshow also featured exhibition stalls from each of the units and departments at the RBAF, while the RBAF brass band provided for a lively atmosphere.
Students also had the opportunity to view two armoured vehicles and a military helicopter up close.
The Brunei Times