| Siti Hajar |
WITH the conclusion of their 10-month training yesterday, the recipients of four prestigious awards under the Officer Cadet training course were honoured for their hard work and commitment that have placed them among the best in their class.
On the sidelines of their graduation that was graced by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, the young men who were recognised for their efforts have shared that their respective successes were products of a multi-layered system that not only included unconditional support from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Government, family members, friends as well as instructors and trainers but also faith in Allah the Almighty and the unwavering will to serve the country to the best of their abilities.
In an interview with the Bulletin, Sword of Honour recipient Amirul Adini bin Haji Amid Abas who graduated with a Masters from Imperial College London in Material Science and Engineering said that such recognition was no easy feat but the opportunity to showcase his abilities was among the many aspects of his training that he was most grateful for.
“The sacrifices that I have made here were many but the most I have given is my time and energy and going that extra mile to ensure that I can contribute to not just the organisation but also to my fellow cadet officers,” he said.
“It isn’t enough to just simply pass our training here as cadet officers but we must also be able to give back and commit selfless acts for our country and raise the status of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) as a professional organisation in the eyes of the world, which is what I hope to achieve as a now commissioned officer,” he added.
The Best in Academic recipient, with an educational background in Masters of Energy Studies from Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Mohammad Alli Farid bin Ibrahim shared that despite having been offered a position in the oil and gas industry, “I had wanted to do something different and so I offered my commitment to the country as military personnel.”
With ambitions that include becoming a pilot for the Royal Brunei Air Force, he believes that, “There is no more noble profession than doing what one is passionate in whilst also contributing to the country that one loves.”
As with many other military personnel, sacrifices will continue to be made in line with the principle that the nation comes first.
His time with family and friends will be limited as he serves the country. “Sacrifices such as these are ones that we are willing to make especially for the protection of the people as a whole.”
For the majority of these cadets who had to adapt to almost a year of hard work that pushed the boundaries of mental and physical strength from easy-going lives as civilians, the transition, they said, had not been an easy feat.
“Becoming a military personnel entails high levels of discipline, which was a real challenge especially in the early stages of our training,” explained now Land Force Officer Mohammad Ros Azmi bin Roslan, award recipient for Best in Military Skills and a graduate from the Northumbria University with a Bachelors in Business and Finance.
But despite the tribulations that the cadets had to face as a unit, the rewards that they reaped with the knowledge that they have come thus far in their young careers were enough to keep them going.
“It was an absolute culture shock and there were times when I felt like giving up but what kept me going were thoughts of and inspiration from my family, especially my parents. Now here I am as an officer graduate with the military.”
For the recipient in Best in Physical Exercise, Navy Officer Haji Mohd Syahmi Fakhurullah bin Haji Mohammad Is’srah and a graduate in Bachelor of Management from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, the award was not intended but having received it “has become a bonus”.
“The goal towards being the best for this award was never there but the main driving force being in the academy was to always conduct the very best and with high self-determination, perseverance and independence, anything is possible, Insya Allah.”
As a collective, these individual achievements have set the standards for future leaders in the military. “And these are the kinds of examples that we want to lead by and if we are able to do this then others who will one day lead can do what we have done as well,” he added.