NATION

COLONEL SERUIRATU HIGHLIGHTS THE CONTINUING EFFORTS TO LIFT THE STANDARD OF RFMF PROFESSIONALISM, SERVING PEOPLE

Continuous Professional Mili­tary Education and Training at all levels within the Republic of Fiji Military Forces is important and is continually being raised to another level. Speaking to the Fiji
20 Sep 2018 11:55
COLONEL SERUIRATU HIGHLIGHTS THE CONTINUING EFFORTS TO LIFT THE STANDARD OF RFMF PROFESSIONALISM, SERVING PEOPLE
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs officer Genevieve Richards (left) Fiji Sun deputy managing editor news Selita Bolanavanua (middle) with Colonel Litea Vulakoro Seruiratu in Canberra, Australia

Continuous Professional Mili­tary Education and Training at all levels within the Republic of Fiji Military Forces is important and is continually being raised to another level.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun in Canber­ra, Australia, Colonel Litea Vulakoro Seruiratu highlighted that one of the ways to improve the leadership and service management in the RFMF is through professional military educa­tion and training as well as proper mentoring within the ranks.

Moreover, adhering to military regu­lations and policies will ensure profes­sionalism and discipline in the Force.

“We are there for the people and we are there to serve them and not our­selves, so we need to be professional and carry out our responsibilities with excellence, gaining the public’s confidence and trust and continue to do so,” she said.

Colonel Seruiratu is currently pur­suing a Defence and Strategic Studies course at the Center for Defence and Strategic Studies, the highest defence college in Australia.

The course prepares officers to oper­ate successfully at the highest levels of leadership, command, policy for­mulation and management in a dy­namic global environment.

Graduates constitute an internation­al cohort of senior leaders and prac­titioners who share a common under­standing of the most complex aspects of their work, whether as military officers or civilian national security professionals.

Since 1988, Colonel Seruiratu said her relationship and faith in God and the support of her family has sus­tained and helped shaped her career even with the challenges and difficul­ties encountered during the course of her duties throughout her career.

Course in Canberra

Colonel Seruiratu began her stud­ies in Melbourne, Australia last year before moving to Canberra last De­cember. The Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) is a year-long post-graduate level educational pro­gramme, with a strong practitioner focus, that provides senior military and civilian officials with the knowl­edge, awareness and skills to operate at the highest levels of leadership, command, policy formulation and management. The Center for Defence and Strategic Studies delivers senior professional military education for selected Australian Defence Force of­ficers and Defence officials, for Aus­tralian government officials from other departments and agencies, and for international military officers and officials.

“The course has been challenging and an eye-opener for me, especially leadership at the strategic level with global strategic dynamics in their evolving geopolitical circumstances, while also developing key skills to engage effectively in a complex and changing global security environ­ment”. I thank the Australian Gov­ernment for allowing this opportuni­ty for the RFMF, since the last senior RFMF officer attended this course in 2006.”

Former senior RFMF officers who have done the same course include the president Major General (Retired) Jioji Konrote, Brigadier (Retired) Io­wane Naivalurua, Brigadier (Retired) Pita Driti and National Security and Intelligence Director, Captain (Navy) Timoci Natuva. She graduates on De­cember 3, 2018 before returning home on December 7. RFMF chief of staff Colonel Jone Kalouniwai will be the next RFMF candidate for the same course next year.

Advice to other women in the Force:

“What you need to be is be good at your job and maintain professional and personal integrity at all times,” Colonel Seruiratu said.

“Being your best self means being a good role model and an inspiration. Someone looks up to you, regardless of your rank, even more so if you are a woman because there are so few. Look after your family well. Work smart, stand for what your organisa­tion is all about, Don’t be silent about things that matter. Respect others. Be a leader. You are not alone.”

Fijisun E-edition
Advertise with fijisun
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: