This year’s Sovereign’s Parade at Defence Academy Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) marked a hard year of training for 73 officer cadets, one of the highest numbers thus far. The officer cadets comprising of 54 males and 19 females marched to the parade square, as friends and family watched on.
This indicated their official entry in the military, in which 39 officer cadets were commissioned as the Royal Brunei Land Force officers, 21 as the Royal Brunei Navy officers and 13 officer cadets as the Royal Brunei Air Force officers.
A customary at every Sovereign’s Parade is the announcement best cadets during the year-long training. The Sword of Honour this year went to 53240 Officer Cadet (U) Wan Muhammad Hijazi bin Haji Yussof.
He holds a Bachelor Degree of Engineering (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of the West of England, Bristol, the United Kingdom. The Sword of Honour is the highest award, bestowed by 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 to an officer cadet, which signifies the pillar of utmost brilliance for the officer cadet who has the highest overall achievements in basic military training, academic, physical and in all aspects of training and leadership.
Coming from a family of military background, Officer Cadet (U) Wan Muhammad Hijazi told reporters that a lot of challenges were faced during the gruelling 52-week course. However, he is very thankful to overcome the challenges and was awarded with the prestigious Sword of Honour.
He attributed his success to all team and the strong support from the coaches as well as family members. His mother, Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Hajah Wan Shahlimar binti Haji Daimun shared her excitement with the media. “I am thrilled seeing my son graduated from Officer Cadet School (OCS). “He has completed his course and it is time for him to be a responsible person to the country and the people,” she said.
Best Academic Award recipient, 53242 Officer Cadet (U) Muhammad Ghazali bin Haji Suhaili, praised Allah the Almighty for allowing him to accept the award from His Majesty. He described the course as “intensive training” where sometimes he felt like giving up. “There’s been ups and downs but then we all managed to go through as a team.
“And then obviously some quite good points as well and I’ve made some really good friends here which is great.”
Ghazali’s father, Haji Suhaili Jaafar, said he was proud of his son and the whole cadet officers. “I’m just very proud of what Ghazali done along with everyone else in the course, it’s a really tough year, they’ve worked super hard to get here.”
He remained speechless at the end of the promotion and never doubted his son’s success. Ghazali holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He received the award based on his overall academic results throughout the course. “I’m very blessed with the award and I am proud to serve my country and my people,” noted Ghazali.