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Military: Be Just, Firm and Steadfast New Recruits Told

“Be just, firm and steadfast.” That was Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s message to the two hundred and seven (207) new Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) recruits.

Speaking today at the recruits’ passing out parade, the Prime Minister told the newest members of the RFMF to uphold their oath of allegiance at all times. He reminded them that “greatness in the RFMF is not measured in your years of service or the rank you attain, but is measured by the sacrifice you are willing to make for the good of our nation.”

He told the troops to “remember you are now part of a service renowned all over the world for its gallantry – servicemen and women who have graced the battle fields of the past World Wars and peacekeeping operations in volatile areas of the world.”

“Our soldiers are putting their lives on the line on the other side of the world. Not waging war but keeping the peace, ensuring the safety of others. I will not be surprised to see some of you here today being called up for peacekeeping duties in the not too distant future,” he said.

During his address, the Prime Minister announced that 318 RFMF troops and 10 staff officers – who are currently undergoing training – are expected to deploy to the Golan Heights on July 22nd. He also announced that Cabinet has approved a Basic Recruit Course this year with the aim to add 450 personnel to the ranks of the RFMF, followed by another two recruitments of 450 personnel next year.

“This comes as a result of our commitment to the Golan Heights where we need personnel to supplement the Territorial Forces here at home and also personnel to conduct relieving duties to the regular soldiers away in Sinai, Iraq, and Syria,” he said.

Also present at the passing out parade was the Land Force Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga and other senior military officers.


Thousands of people today braved the drizzling rain and strong winds to join the President His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to officially farewell Fijian troops leaving for Syrian Golan Heights at Albert Park.

Ratu Epeli reminded the soldiers that they will be working in a volatile environment.

“The situation calls for dedication, teamwork and courage and the highest level of discipline both regimental and personal,” Ratu Epeli said.

He encouraged them to be professional in carrying out their duties.

“We have always risen to the occasion and earned the respect of those around us. I am confident that on this mission you will do the same,” Ratu Epeli added.

Ratu Epeli also commended relatives of the soldiers who braved the rain this morning to farewell their loved ones.

“Your strength in keeping the home base safe and secure will contribute in a big way to the success of our troops on deployment. It is heartening to see you turn out in numbers today. This is a reassuring sign of your support. The nation thanks you,” Ratu Epeli said.

Fiji Ex-servicemen Association vice president Mr Panapasa Vakacegu said the association wished the troops well for their deployment in Golan Heights.

“It was a wonderful site watching our brave soldiers marching during the parade this morning. On behalf of our association I am wishing them the best in trying to keep peace in the Syrian Golan Heights,”  Mr Vakacegu said.

The soldiers will depart Fiji on Wednesday June 26, 2013.