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New Officers Told ‘Get To Know People Under Your Command’

Ten new commissioned military officers were yesterday told: “Get to know people under your command.” This is the advice came from Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Viliame
25 Mar 2017 10:00
New Officers Told ‘Get To Know People Under Your Command’
The newly commissioned officers of the RFMF at their passout parade yesterday. Pho: Losirene Lacanivalu

Ten new commissioned military officers were yesterday told: “Get to know people under your command.”

This is the advice came from Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

He presided over the officers’ passing-out parade at the RFMF Headquarters at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

Rear Admiral Naupoto told the officers that many people had put their trust in them.

He said at this early stage of their career, there would be many soldiers who would come under their command with more military experience.

“They may even know more than you and I for one have experienced the same feeling you are feeling and so did some senior officers who are here,” he said.

He said the good news was that the soldiers could overcome that feeling and keep moving forward.

“When you get posted to your unit take time to get to know the men and women under your command and that means that you will have to spend good quality time with them,” he said.

“Get to know them during formal sessions and do not forget informal sessions such as during sports, exercise and even when you have a cup of tea with them.”

Rear Admiral Naupoto said the recruits would not know their soldiers if they distanced themselves.

“The bottom line is you cannot lead people that you do not know, so get to know them.”

He said that trust and faith would not be given to them automatically because they were now an officer and earning their trust was of great importance.

“Some effective tools that will help build that trust are honesty and integrity and you must remember that it is not about being popular but it is about being trustworthy which will never develop without a personal connection between you and those that you lead.”

Rear Admiral Naupoto said mistakes would be made.

He admitted making some of his own in the past.

“When we make mistakes we learn from them so you must motivate them to move on.

“If you do that you will find that when you make a mistake the soldiers will not abandon you.”

He added that as newly recruited officers they now had long careers in front of them.

He said their dedication and commitment to service would foster during the three years would define them.

“At the end of your three years I hope that you will be able to look back with pride and be satisfied that you gave your best while serving the nation as an officer of the RFMF,” he said.

Edited by Maraia Vula

Feedback:  losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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