By Siti Zahira Hj Abu Bakar (http://www.mindef.gov.bn/)
Sungai Akar, Tuesday 13 September 2011 – The 11th Junior Staff Course (JSC) for middle officers begins today with the opening ceremony by the Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Halim bin Haji Mohd Hanifah.
Junior Staff Course is designed for officers of both the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and foreign Armed Forces. The course is held in English language and lasts for 14 weeks. The aim of the course are to prepare officers capable to undertake the position of a junior staff officer for Command or Staff appointments in their respective organisation; raise professional qualification, educate participants’ leadership and team members’ qualities; introduce the principles of modern warfare, commanding and management and teach their practical application; implant faithfulness to the homeland, appreciation of the values of Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
20 officers are enrolled in the course, 15 of whom are from the RBAF, one from the Royal Brunei Police Force while 4 are foreign participants from the Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Singapore. The course programme which will be conducted by the Leadership and Management Centre, Defence Academy Royal Brunei Armed Force includes lectures, seminars, exercises, practical activity, tests, examinations and an overseas study trip.
The course participants will be taught the subjects of professional knowledge, leadership and management, communication inclusive of the competency of Information Communication Technology and operational planning. During the overseas study trip, the officers will simulate topics they learned in the classroom to test their critical thinking and planning. Throughout the course, the junior officers would be continuously assessed on their performance, both as an individual and as a member of the team. Moreover, Junior Staff Course is also a pre-requisite for the promotion of Captain to Major. ——————————————————————————–