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7 More Women Commissioned Officers Prove Nothing Is Impossible

The newly commissioned officers would have the privi­lege of leading soldiers placed under their command, including those who may have been in the force longer than themselves.
27 Aug 2019 11:06
7 More Women Commissioned Officers Prove Nothing Is Impossible
The seven newly commissioned women officers at the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Queen Elizabeth Barracks. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

Seven women of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) are now commissioned officers af­ter they successfully completed the Officer Cadet Course.

The seven along 10 men were com­missioned last Friday.

They make up close to half of the total number of newly commissioned officers.

RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Vil­iame Naupoto said this was a healthy indication that there was nothing im­possible for women to take on leader­ship roles in male dominated fields.

The seven young women and 10 men were commissioned to the role of Second-Lieutenants after completing 46-weeks of the officer’s cadet course.

While commissioning the officers Commander Naupoto said the young men and women would have the privi­lege of leading soldiers placed under their command, including those who may have been in the force longer than themselves.

“Those soldiers will very quickly know you and almost everything about you,” Commander Naupoto said.

“Your responsibility is to know them and know them well. Learn their hopes and dreams.”

He reminded the newly commissioned officers of their role in the military and to be role models to those under their watch.

“Your soldiers will expect a lot from you; to lead them in the right direction; to make the right decisions on their be­half; to coach them into better soldiers; to hear their grievances and do some­thing about it.

“They will expect you to uphold the val­ues of the institution. They will expect you to help them when they make mis­takes; to encourage them when they’re feeling down and to say thank you when they do well.”

Youngest Commissioned Officer

Nadroga lass, Grace Qasevakatini was the youngest commissioned officer.

The 20-year-old hails from Sila village in Cuvu, Nadroga. She attributed her success to her family and loved ones.

Despite loosing her father three years ago, Second-Lieutenant Qasevakatini kept her faith in God.

“This would have not been possible without the help of the Holy Spirit, my family and friends who supported me in this journey.

“It has always been God, helpful fami­lies and close friends. Thank you for all your support,” she said.

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