Jerudong, 24th November 2013 - Officer Cadets of intakes 10 and 11 recently participated in the Brunei International Defence Exhibition (BRIDEX) 2013. Although the BRIDEX event will only be held on the 2nd December 2013, prior to that the organising committee has organised a walkathon open for both RBAF personnel as well as the general public. The walkathon serves to promote awareness to the public about the upcoming event. The walkathon comprised of a 5km walk around the Jerudong Park playground area. The run was divided into several categories: men, women, children and youth. Another separate category comprised of only cyclists. The walkathon was an enjoyable experience for both intakes as it promotes healthy competition as well as allowing the officer cadets to go out outside the confines of the training grounds.
Sungai Akar Camp, 22nd November 2013 – It is a tradition at the Officer Cadet School for every intake to organise a monthly Khatam Al-Quran ceremony. The purpose of this event was to instil the value of ‘Taqwa’ among the cadets in order to shape them as better leaders. Intake 11 was assigned for the first time to organise their first Khatam Al-Quran ceremony at the OCS Surau. The chairperson for the event was 50580 OCdt Muhammad Azmi Bin Abd Latif as Head of Religious Events. The guest of honour was Lieutenant Colonel Pengiran Sharifuddin bin Pengiran Haji Yusof, the Commanding Officer of OCS. Also present at the ceremony were the Wing Commanders, permanent staff and the current senior intake 10.
Officer Cadet School, Sungai Akar, 18th October 2013 – For the first time in OCS, the school organised the handing over of the wingline flags and the presentations of rifles to the 11th Intake. Attending as the Guest of Honour was the Commandant of the Defence Academy, Colonel Haji Abdul Hadi bin Haji Saim. The ceremony began with the recital of Al-Fatihah lead by Lance Corporal Pg Hj Qamarul bin Pg Hj Sarpudin and followed by a speech from the Commanding Officer of Officer Cadet School, Major Pg Sharifuddin bin Pg Haji Yusof. The flag ceremony marked the passing of responsibility from the Senior Intake to the Junior Intake for them to take care of their respective winglines. The weapon handing over ceremony marked the first transition for the officer cadets for their careers as officers in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Furthermore, he also emphasised that taking care of their personal weapons is crucial as it symbolises protection and gave advice on how to take care their personal weapons. He also reminded the officer cadets to work hard as a team and instil the core values of OCS within themselves to keep striving for excellence.
OFFICER CADET SCHOOL, SUNGAI AKAR CAMP, 16TH OCTOBER 2013 – Both intakes 10 and 11 were fortunate to participate in the annual Aidil Adha celebration along with other OCS and Defence Academy personnel. The ceremony began with the Takbir Raya session followed by Aidiladha congregational prayer and Khutbah at the OCS Surau. Present as the Guest of Honour was the Commandant of the Defence Academy, Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Yang Mulia Colonel Haji Abdul Hadi bin Haji Saim, welcomed by Major (U) Haji Habil bin Haji Adol, the chairman of the event.
GURKHA’S MESS, SUNGAI AKAR CAMP, 4TH OCTOBER 2013 – It was a momentous occasion for the newly appointed officer cadets of Intake 11. The promotion ceremony saw 23 new cadet officers promoted including 5 MINDEF Scholars. Intake 11 will start their training from 4th October 2013 until August 2014. Out of the 23 cadet officers, 15 were from the Royal Brunei Land Force (6 males and 9 females), 4 from the Royal Brunei Navy (4 males), 4 from the Royal Brunei Air Force (4 males). The new ranks were presented by the Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Yang Mulia Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin.
On the 11th of October 2013 marks yet another memorable and joyous occasion for the officer cadets of Intake 11. The ceremony marks the official start of the officer cadets entering into training at the Officer Cadet School (OCS), Sungai Akar. After a gruelling introductory week, the officer cadets had an opportunity to see their parents and interact with the guest of honour and other senior officers. In attendance at the ceremony were the Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Commander of RBAF, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Services Commanders and Commandants, senior officers from the Ministry of Defence and RBAF as well as the families of the officer cadets.
KAMPONG RAMPAYOH, LABI, 29th September 2013 – It was an early start for Intake 10 as they prepared to leave for Kampong Rampayoh, Labi in Kuala Belait for Exercise Ground Control. For this exercise, the officer cadets of Intake 10 were given a counter-insurgency based scenario where they have to conduct various duties such as patrols to tackle the insurgency and learning to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of the locals. The aim of the exercise was to make the officer cadets learn and experience of operating in a counterinsurgency environment and applying the knowledge of tactics, operations other than war (OOTW) principles and delivering their orders and estimates.
Using an abandoned school as their forward operating base, the officer cadets assembled sandbags to build two sangers with a zinc cover as a roof. The sangers were built for the sentries so as to secure the base, with one at the main entry gate and the other at the exit gate. They then divided themselves into 3 multiples: 31, 32 and 33. The officer cadets were also supported by troops from the First Battalion, RBAF. It is from this exercise, the officer cadets learn to lead and command their troops and assessed in different command appointments. Multiple commanders were appointed for a number of operations and each multiple took turns in rotating their daily tasks such as guard patrols, radio operators, ops related work and quick response force (QRF).
Penanjong Garisson, 19th September 2013- The Commandant’s Challenge has been designed to be more physically and mentally challenging than the previous CO’s challenge with the male officer cadets having to carry a 17kg Bergen and the female officer cadets having to carry a 13kg Bergen, covering a total distance of approximately 10km. The Commandant’s Challenge is more towards explosive fitness as most of it involves the strength of the team moving from one place to another while trying to execute a workable plan for each individual scenario given. The scenarios for this challenge involved saving villagers and helping them transport their resources.