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EDITORIAL: Well Trained RFMF Officers Important For Our Peace, Stability

EDITORIAL: Well Trained  RFMF Officers Important For Our Peace, Stability
November 03
10:30 2015

Commodore Viliame Naupoto has held the fort as acting Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces for three months. Now his term has been extended for another three months.

The Constitutional Services Commission will soon advertise for the post to attract the best candidate to be Commander.

Commodore Naupoto has done a great job as acting Commander and he will also be a candidate for Commander.

The advertisement is in line with Government policy to attract the best qualified and experienced person to fill a vacancy.

This is especially important for the RFMF because of its new constitutional role.

The RFMF is charged with, and responsible for the defence and state security of Fiji in the maintenance of Law and Order in land and sea, in support of the Police, Maritime Surveillance of Fiji’s Maritime Zone and relevant departments. It also provides forces to international peacekeeping operations in line with Government foreign policy on world peace, troops with engineering expertise for nation building, in the area of rural infrastructure development and youth training for life skills. Previously, law and order was the responsibility of the Police. While Police still look after law and order, they work in conjunction with the RFMF if help is needed. At the end of the day, the RFMF is ultimately responsible.

The RFMF is now an integral part of national development and its operations continue to expand to compliment the services provided by other Government agencies. The days when the RFMF was usually in the background have long gone. The RFMF is now a prominent player in nation building.

Senior officers continue to benefit from on-going professional training to help them handle the expanded role of the RFMF.

Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai, UNDOF’s Chief of Staff, has been tipped to hold the top job, after he undergoes further training in a military college in Australia.

Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, the Land Force Commander, is another bright prospect to become Commander. He too will attend further training as part of the requirements for the job.

So all this training will build a strong cadre of leaders in the RFMF who we can all rely on to maintain the peace and stability that our young democracy requires to grow.

 

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