THE new role of being a Second Lieutenant of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces and being commissioned as an officer is a memory that Second Lieutenant Wate Aka will never forget.
Second Lieutenant Aka was one of the 10 officer cadets who graduated from the 2013 and 2014 officers' class and was awarded the honorary sword of honour award during the officer commissioning parade last Friday.
Second Lieutenant Aka said as an officer, receiving the sword of honour was indeed an honour and a privilege for him, especially being the first person from Batiti Village, Cakaudrove, to be commissioned as an officer.
He said it was a great opportunity for him, particularly being recognised by senior officers as a person who can lead soldiers.
He said one of the things the 10 officers needed to learn to do during the nine and a half months of training was to be obedient to orders given by superiors.
"The new role given to me now holds a lot of responsibility and importance, especially being given an opportunity to lead soldiers who have been in the military for over 20 to 35 years," Second Lieutenant Aka said.
"Leading these soldiers is going to be a challenge, especially since it's just my second year in the force."