53 graduate as NDF Second Lieutenants

RUNDU: A total of 53 Namibian Defence Force (NDF) commissioned officers graduated here on Friday.

They were officially welcomed into their new ranks as Second Lieutenants by Commander of the Military School, Brigadier-General Wilbard Shikongo during the passing-out parade of the Seventh Regular Commissioning Course (RCC).

The course is the second of its kind to be run under the harmonised syllabi of the NDF together with the Zimbabwean Military Training Team (ZMTT).

A total of 54 cadets – eight females – were admitted for the 17-month course.

Only one cadet was withdrawn due to misconduct.

Shikongo noted that the military school will do its utmost to improve the gender representation in future courses.

“We take note of our (the country’s) policy of 50/50 gender presentation. However, due to the nature of our profession we could not achieve that as we cannot compromise security,” said the Brigadier-General.

The aim of the course was to train, transform and equip cadet officers with the necessary military skills, knowledge and behaviour that will befitting an officer to be able to train, educate and lead a team equivalent in the NDF.

The cadets were challenged physically, mentally and emotionally during the course with the aim of preparing them to lead others in all circumstances.

“To you graduates, it is a privilege to congratulate you on your commissioning as officers; this moment in your lives marks a great accomplishment,” he said.

Shikongo wished all graduates well in their endeavours to make Namibia a safer and better place to live in.