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Two Cadets To Attend West Point Military Academy

“Fiji was fortunate to attend other military schools but this is the first time our cadets are attending this prestigious academy.”
23 Jun 2019 09:36
Two Cadets To Attend West Point Military Academy
Cadet Sera Lewaravu and Cadet Max Delai at the RFMF Strategic Headquarters in Suva. Photo: Rosi Doviverata

West Point Military Academy cadets, 20-Year- Old Cadet Sera Lewaravu and 21-Year-Old Cadet Max Delai are not out to make a name for themselves or for their families – but to serve the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and the Fijian people.

The two cadets were chosen from over 100 applicants.  The recruitment process was rigorous both from the RFMF and later West Point.

Both cadets Lewarau and Delai were elated and lost for words during a press conference at the RFMF Strategic Headquarters in Suva.

This was an opportunity of a lifetime for both of them. Both had aspirations to one day join the army. West Point was beyond their wildest dream.

Cadet Delai said he had told his parents when he was  younger that one day he would pilot a military aircraft.

“Come to think about it now, that was a ridiculous dream because Fiji has no Air Force planes. However, this opportunity to attend West Point Military Academy means that anything is possible if you believe,” said Mr Delai.

“I had always been part of the Scouts programme in Primary school, Barracks Week in High School and was impressed by the commands demanded from its leaders that has moulded the drive in me to become a leader in my military career.”

Both cadets will depart for the US next Wednesday June 26, 2019.

They will study and train for 4 years where they will earn Bachelor’s degree.

When they return home, they will be promoted to Lieutenants.

Speaking on behalf of the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Chief of Staff, Captain John Fox highlighted this was a milestone for the RFMF and was grateful for the opportunity given to the two cadets.

“Fiji was fortunate to attend other military schools but this is the first time our cadets are attending this prestigious academy.”

He told the two cadets to take in the traditions and atmosphere behind West Point that would leave a mark on their lives.

United States chargé d’affaires Mike Goldman said the two slots made available to the two cadets was a testament of  the high esteem the United States held towards Fiji.

“The two would stand out well against the very best of our cadets in the United States, better than some.”

He said this was an opportunity for the two cadets, because hundred or if not thousands of Americans in the US compete for the same positions which are often regarded as gateways to exceptional military careers.

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