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Army officer cadets train in NZ

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Update: 3:53PM SEVEN officer cadets from South West Pacific countries have been honing their skills in the field in an 11-month training program run by the New Zealand Army's Officer Cadet School.

The officer cadets are from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Australia, and Tonga.

A statement from the New Zealand Defence Force stated that this officer training started with a seven-week induction course, which taught cadets basic military skills, including field craft, weapons handling, navigation, and leadership. 

It stated that the training was designed to produce competent leaders who could command soldiers on operations in New Zealand.

The officer training reflects the NZDF's commitment to regional security and the protection of natural resources in the South West Pacific.

The NZDF stated it was committed to improving social and environmental well-being through natural disaster response, search and rescue and through military collaborations that reinforced our strong cultural and historical ties with the countries in the region. 

The well-maintained training facilities and supportive instructors were a stand-out for Officer Cadet Amania Kuru, one of two cadets from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

"The New Zealand cadets are very friendly and make us feel at home, and we are provided all the equipment and gear that we need," said Officer Cadet Kuru, who is from Vanuaso Village on Fiji's Gau Island.

The graduation will be held in December.

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