| Rokiah Mahmud |
“TO PLAY an increasing and relevant role in the regional and international arena, we as members of our respective armed forces and law enforcement agencies must be equipped with knowledge and be well aware of the foreign and security policies of other states.”
This was stated by Colonel Haji Zainal Ariffin bin Dato Paduka Haji Ahmad, the Joint Force Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) during the opening ceremony of the Junior Officer Staff Course (JSC) yesterday.
He added that, “We cannot be ignorant, nor we can afford to be complacent. We must have the flexibility of mind and an open mindset to be able to play our part in promoting peace and stability in the region.
“I believe that the Junior Staff Course is an effective platform for course members to broaden their knowledge, gain experience and develop their leadership and professional skills. I expect the course to also equip officers with the practical and professional skill-sets needed in a modern defence force so that they are able to cope with the global challenges of today and in the foreseeable future.”
Colonel Hj Zainal Ariffin also noted that the experiences of running the Junior Staff Course have enabled them to continue improving the training content and delivery, in order to meet the needs of the officers in taking up staff appointments.
The Junior Staff Course, he explained, is not merely a course that sits in isolation, it directly supports the objectives of the Defence White Paper, which aims to develop junior officers’ knowledge, skills and attitude which they will need to meet their responsibilities as staff officers.
The opening ceremony was held at the Command Staff Course Building of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces’ Defence Academy in Sungai Akar Camp yesterday. The ceremony was officiated by Colonel Haji Zainal Ariffin bin Dato Paduka Haji Ahmad, Joint Force Commander of RBAF.
The course is attended by 13 officers from RBAF, an officer from the Royal Brunei Police Force and six military officers from the Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The Junior Officer Staff Course is a 14-week course conducted by the Leadership and Management Centre, RBAF’s Defence Academy. The course aims to develop the junior officers’ knowledge, leadership, management and communication skills and professionalism to enable them to meet their responsibilities as staff officers. The course is mandatory for the officers of RBAF and is a pre-requisite for their promotion from the rank of Captain to Major.
As such, with this excellent mixture of nationalities, the course provides its participants with the ideal opportunity to interact and share ideas as well as to learn from each other.