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Colonel Seruiratu Breaks The Glass Ceiling Again

It will be another first for our women when Colonel Litea Seruiratu graduates from one of Australia’s top defence institutions next week. The 51-year-old has certainly set the benchmark for
01 Dec 2018 11:02
Colonel Seruiratu Breaks The Glass Ceiling Again
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Colonel Litea Seruiratu.

It will be another first for our women when Colonel Litea Seruiratu graduates from one of Australia’s top defence institutions next week.

The 51-year-old has certainly set the benchmark for women serving in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

In 2016 Colonel Seruiratu was the first female officer in the RFMF to become a Colonel.

Next week she will graduate from the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies based in Canberra.

Colonel Seruiratu’s progress has not been easy. In a male-dominated institution, it took patience and hard work to break glass ceilings. Her faith in God kept her focused.

She was the first woman officer to be appointed Chief of Staff soon after her promotion.

When Colonel Ro Jone Kalouniwai returned home after completing his term as Chief of Staff of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights last year, Colonel Seruiratu took up the role as Director Force Development and the Commandant of the Officer Training School.

Colonel Seruiratu was part of the first batch of females to join the military in 1988.

She has worked in various units of the RFMF and in peacekeeping operations overseas. As such, she has held positions which had previously been held by her male colleagues.

Colonel Seruiratu, we salute you –

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