| Azaraimy HH |
A TOTAL of 57 young Bruneians, who have attended higher education institutions in Brunei and abroad, will begin a stringent process towards becoming Officer Cadets. They have to undergo the Armed Forces Commissioning Board (AFCB) selection process for five days.
Successful candidates will then begin their formal training at the prestigious Officer Cadet School (OCS) at Sungai Akar on October 24.
The candidates were welcomed yesterday by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) during an event at the Evolution Centre, RBAF Training Institute, Penanjong Garrison, Tutong District.
The event marked the 13th edition of the AFCB selection process where candidates will be assessed across four major competencies – physical fitness, suitability for training, command and leadership and critical thinking.
Activities during the selection process will include delivering lectures on a chosen subject, conducting problem solving exercises both on paper and in a practical setting, group discussions regarding current affairs and individual interviews.
The commissioning course sees the development of Officer Cadets from educated civilians to Commissioned Officers of RBAF, by developing the qualities of leadership, character and intellect required of an Officer on 1st appointment.
OCS has been delivering initial officer training to RBAF since August 2008, based on the training model of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. Former instructors from Sandhurst at OCS helped raise the training standard and ensure the finest output in the form of the best-trained Commissioned Officers of RBAF.
OCS, along with the remainder of the Defence Academy RBAF, is on schedule to move to the new facility in Meragang early next year 2015.
According to the Commandant of the Defence Academy, RBAF, Colonel Haji Abdul Hadi bin Haji Saim, the candidates will be pushed, tested, stretched and examined physically and mentally to identify their suitability for OCS.
Those responsible for assessing them are experienced military officers.
“The most important aspect they are searching for is your potential. You are not expected not to make mistakes, get things wrong and fail at certain tasks. Your assessment comes in how you respond to both triumph and failure,” he said.
Providing words of encouragement, the commandant added the assessors “will not be looking for a finished article”.
“So if you fail at a task or make a mistake, do not think that all is lost. You will remain under assessment throughout the week, regardless of what you believe your syndicate officer thinks of you.”
“Dig deep, be determined, show commitment and be confident. You still have a chance to succeed,” he said.
OCS, he continued, is “a tough training programme for which not everybody has the ability, character or physical robustness to complete”.
“Some will choose to leave at their own accord and some will be asked to leave because they do not meet the high and immovable standards.”
He wished the candidates the very best for the coming week.
“Heed my words of advice,” the commandant said to the candidates, adding, “If you do have the potential that we are looking for, you will pass. For those who fail, do not be disheartened; there is no shame in giving it your best shot.”
“I admire and respect all of you for volunteering to serve in RBAF.”