| Achong Tanjong |
THE Officer Cadet School (OCS) of Defence Academy, Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) marked the closing of its inaugural Instructor Training and Selection Cadre (ITSC) course yesterday.
The course was held at the Sungai Akar site for the past four weeks with the aim of training and selecting potential instructors from across the RBAF to serve as a member of the permanent staff at OCS.
The course had 16 participants from the Royal Brunei Land Force and Royal Brunei Navy, each striving for the coveted position of instructor at OCS.
Over the past four weeks, participants have been developing their instructional techniques and conducting leadership exercises. They were subjected to the same physical assessment standards as the Officer Cadets who attend OCS as students.
Of the 16 hopefuls, only a few will be asked to return to OCS as instructors, as competition to serve at the prestigious school is high.
Modelled on the gruelling Instructor Cadre training held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the ITSC looks to adopt a ‘train in’ policy of inclusive instruction whilst maintaining a distinctly challenging aspect and enforcing high standards on potential candidates.
The ITSC philosophy is one of “Excellence Breeds Excellence”, looking to improve the standard of instruction at OCS in order to raise the standard of young officers being commissioned in each intake.
OCS has a holistic approach to instructor standards and practices, which was reflected when it recently conducted its first Instructor Workshop to aid in the Continual Professional Development of all permanent staff serving at the school.
The guest of honour for the closing ceremony was the Commandant of the Defence Academy, Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Colonel Haji Abdul Hadi bin Haji Saim.
In his speech, the commandant said the course will be sustained in the future with another batch currently scheduled for the second quarter of 2015. He added that the Defence Academy always looks to reinforce success, which is exactly what the ITSC represents.
The commandant said the Defence Academy is on the verge of launching a number of new projects and completion of some ambitious courses such as the adoption of a comprehensive virtual learning environment across the three pillars of the academy, the conclusion of the 14th Junior Staff Course on December 12, 2014 and the 5th Command and Staff Course commencing on January 15, 2015.
He congratulated all participants of the ITSC course for their hard work and professionalism, and emphasised the need to strive for constant improvement as the Defence Academy continues on its path to become a regional leader in Military Officer Instruction.
“As you have been well informed, the Instructor Cadre aims to develop and select potential candidates to serve at OCS as instructors and benefit RBAF by raising the instructional standard of those who attend the course,” he added.
Over the past four weeks, participants of the course have been shown a glimpse of what the institution has to offer.
It enhanced the potential instructors’ awareness of where and how the Office Corps of the RBAF is trained.
The institution also hoped that the participants have benefitted from the experience and advice given to them by the staff and have developed a wider appreciation for the challenges and complexities of a professional and dynamic officer training environment.
Colonel Haji Abdul Hadi congratulated those who have been recommended to return as instructors as they have proven to be worthy of serving the flagship academy, meeting its high standards and acquiring the potential it required.
He also congratulated those who have been recommended to pursue further training before being invited back to give the course another go.
The commandant also thanked the course’s directing staff for their hard work and effort in designing and running such a successful and professional course.
OCS is now into its 13th intake of Officer Cadets since its inception in 2008. The 12th Intake, currently the Senior Officer Cadets in the school, will graduate from OCS on February 5, 2015 following the traditional Sovereign’s Parade at the Sungai Akar.