His Majesty urges better ties with foreign officer cadet schools

Hakim Hayat

To ensure that the standard of Brunei military officers is on par with armed forces of the region, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah emphasised the need for the Officer Cadet School (OCS) of the Defence Academy, Royal Brunei Armed Forces (DA RBAF) to constantly strengthen its network with the region’s officer cadet schools.

This was stated in the titah delivered by His Majesty on the occasion of the Sovereign’s Parade Ceremony for the 18th intake of officer cadets of the OCS held at the Parade Square of the DA RBAF in Kampong Tanah Jambu yesterday. The monarch said that training programmes, visits and exchanges with other officer cadet schools will further help enhance its image, credibility and improve the level of professionalism and quality of Brunei military officers to be in line with the standards of military officers in the armed forces of friendly nations in the region.

His Majesty said that experiences gained during such training, visits and exchanges will allow Brunei’s officer cadets to further improve their quality and character, while also useful in enhancing their level of professionalism and quality in line with the standards of military officers in the region, as well as strengthen relations through defence diplomacy.

His Majesty also expressed hope to see the RBAF continue generating highly professional, disciplined and quality military officials.

His Majesty said that although he is pleased to see the increasing number of commissioned military officers, it still is not adequate, as the RBAF still requires the service of more high-calibre military officers. “A decade since its establishment, the OCS has produced a total of 523 commissioned military officers, and the majority of them are holding important posts in units of the RBAF, while others are serving in the OCS as intake commanders.”

In the vision to see RBAF continue producing high-calibre military officers, His Majesty said the Directorate of Personnel, which holds possession of the RBAF’s career development structure should work closer together with the DA RBAF and the Training Institute RBAF in further strengthening the recruitment system for training of would-be officers.

His Majesty in the titah also touched on significant developments of the DA RBAF as it celebrates 10 years of establishment, and cited the involvement of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) as the academic provider of courses at the DA’s Staff College as one of the several milestones.

Meanwhile, His Majesty also noted that in facing the complex and rapidly changing environment, the RBAF is also proactively involved with the whole country in achieving together the Brunei Vision 2035. “This is implemented by requiring every military officer in RBAF to possess personal mastery in military leadership command and management, besides possessing thinking and leadership skills.”

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam delivers the titah. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI