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Rokosuka Trailblazes In Weaponry Specialisation

A female officer with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces has achieved the seeming impossible being the first to graduate with a Bachelor of Science and Technology in Weaponry. 34-year-old Lieutenant
26 Jul 2016 08:43
Rokosuka Trailblazes In Weaponry Specialisation

A female officer with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces has achieved the seeming impossible being the first to graduate with a Bachelor of Science and Technology in Weaponry.

34-year-old Lieutenant Losalini Rokosuka completed her four-year study and graduated from the Army Officer Academy of Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) in Hefei, Anhui province in China.

“I thank God for perseverance, wisdom, determination and for being my source of direction, placing me in the loving care of my family and friends, introducing me to the right people at the right time,” Lieutenant Rokosuka said.

The Nayavu, Wainibuka native  said the programme was not easy and she had the help of classmates and tutors to get through the language and gender barriers.

“Four years of studies in China gave me a holistic learning experience in a foreign country,” she said.

“While I tried to maintain focus towards my studies, each time I continued to struggle with the change in weather which greatly affected my health along with having to be away from family and friends.”

Lieutenant Rokosuka said she was exposed to military training and routines conducted in the Chinese language which made it more challenging.

“I’m glad to have done the course with 23 other students from 13 other countries who spoke their native mother tongues. The rest were English speaking students who helped me get through our daily tasks,” she said.

“Achieving all that seemed impossible to many was possible to the God we faithfully serve and trust.” Prior to joining the RFMF, Lieutenant Rokosuka was teaching at Navosa Central College in Keiyasi after completing her Bachelors of Science in USP.

“The decision to join the army came about the time I met Lieutenant Colonel Amani Suliano during my grandfather’s funeral and at that same time the RFMF was advertising the Officer Cadet Intake,” she said.

“When I chose to join the army I had no knowledge of what I was going to go through, I thought, okay maybe it’s just going to be just like in the movies, a lot of running and getting dirty with muddy boots, but on my first day of recruitment, my very own baptism of fire began.”

The former Jasper Williams High School student said she was humbled and blessed for her achievement.

She attributed her achievement to her mother, Melania Rokosuka, her maternal grandparents, family, friends and the RFMF.

Lieutenant Rokosuka is one of the four RFMF officers who recently graduated from China.

Senior officers Major Amelia Tadu and Major Simione Tuinabavatu graduated from the Nanjing Army Command College in Nanjing while Lieutenant Colonel Silipa Vananalagi graduated from the College of Defense Studies, at the National Defense University in China.

The four officers’ graduation is part of the up-skilling of ranks at RFMF.

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