| Khal Baharulalam |
IN AN effort to further enhance the quality of military personnel in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) – particularly in their instructional capabilities – the RBAF inaugurated its first ever Instructor Training and Selection Cadre (ITSC) yesterday at the Officer Cadet School (OCS) at its Sungai Akar Base.
Officiating the inaugural course as guest of honour was Lt Col Pg Sharifuddin bin Haji Yusof, in his capacity as the Commanding Officer of OCS, who in his speech, emphasised on the qualities of a good instructor and what is expected from those entrusted with the training of the future leaders of the RBAF.
“We are not only looking for a high standard of instructional capability and robust physical fitness, but also other qualities that are essential for being a successful instructor of Officer Cadets: intelligence, good English language skills and a sense of humour are the three most important elements of this,” said the Commanding Officer, adding that candidates should not shy away from showing their best.
The ITSC bears the objective to put potential instructors at the prestigious OCS through their paces, training and assessing their ability to teach military skills and their overall suitability to become instructors at the OCS.
The four-week course will cover military training including drills, weapon-handling, navigation, leadership and physical endurance. During that period, candidates will be required to conduct a Combat Fitness Test (a 12.5km speed march carrying 16kg in under two hours) to the same standard as Officer Cadets.
In addition to that, the ITSC will include a gruelling leadership exercise entitled ‘Commandants Challenge’ – an exercise identical to that of the Officer Cadets training. This aims at providing parity between the instructors and cadets, and also serving as a reminder for instructors of life under training.
The ITSC is modelled largely on the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Instructor Cadre, with the emphasis on ‘training in’ instructors of the highest calibre whilst also promoting professionalism and responsibility at the OCS.
The participation of the 16 candidates comprising Non-Commissioned Officer Rank from across the RBAF services in the ITSC is voluntary, as part of their aspirations towards the coveted title as an instructor at OCS – a responsibility that includes conducting training on the Commissioning Course; the 12-month period of Initial Officer Training for all three services of the RBAF.
The ethos of the ITSC is to improve the standard of the OCS output, by investing in the instructors prior to their arrival at the OCS. Bearing the theme ‘Excellence Breeds Excellence’, the course assuredly focuses on the highest standards of training and careful selection of potential instructors – essentially leaned towards breeding young officers of the highest calibre, joining the wider RBAF.