RFMF Personnel To West Point Aim High

Both were selected after a vigorous selection process by the RFMF and their US counterparts.
27 Jun 2019 11:00
RFMF Personnel To West Point Aim High
Sera Lewaravu and Max Delai at the Nadi International Airport on June 25, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Since his childhood days Max Delai always wanted to be an officer in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

The 21-year-old, who hails from Vione Village, Gau, in the Lomaiviti Province, will be one of two RFMF pioneers to attend officer training at the prestigious United States of America Military Academy West Point.

During his school days he followed with admiration the scouts and cadet training programmes.

“To go and study abroad at the highly acclaimed military officer training school will be new, but the aim is still the same and that is to produce my best, learn from the best and gain more information,” he said.

“There will be a time homesickness will creep in, but I am there for a purpose to perform and to serve my county, make my family and nation proud.”

He was completing a Bachelor in Engineering programme at the Fiji National University when he applied for the officer cadet training with RFMF.

“When I was at QVS. I was more interested in cadet training also going through scout programmes at Gospel Primary School,” Mr Delai said.

“It was all building up to enhance leadership qualities,” Mr Delai said.

“I was motivated by the people who served in high ranks. And to push my abilities to the limit. I told myself it will be a challenge to try out.”

Mr Delai will be accompanied by fellow officer Sera Lewaravu, 20. They left on Tuesday night.

Lewaravu is a native from Bukuya, Magodro, Ba.

“When my grandfather was alive, he said the biggest wealth in the world is our people,” she said.

“I have come from a family who thrives on serving people.”

She was a student at the University of South Pacific (USP) completing Forensic Accounting – Bachelor of Commerce when she decided to join the military.

“I was motivated that I finished my studies and then entered RFMF later on. My mum urged me to apply,” Ms Lewaravu said.

“My objective is to learn what I can in the USA since the academy is advanced in technology and education.”

Both were selected after a vigorous selection process by the RFMF and their US counterparts.

The shortlisted candidates had to complete a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) conducted at the USA Embassy in Tamavua. The final selection was made by the West Point Academy.

Edited by Percy Kean


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