The Fiji Times » Training in New Zealand – “A great experience”

Two Republic of Fiji Military Forces officer cadets who are training at the Office Cadet School (OCS) in Waiouru, New Zealand, described it as “a great experience” this year.

In a press release issued by the New Zealand Defense Force, they said the biggest challenge was leaving loved ones behind.

Officer Cadet Ilimotama Rakavono, 26, from Tailevu and Officer Cadet Len Wilson, 27, from Mawata, Vanua Levu, were already commissioned officers in the RFMF but were on the New Commissioning Course. Zealand to improve their experience and training.

Cadet Rakavono said it was interesting to work with other countries because it was different.

“I was excited to take the New Zealand course because I have always wanted to go to New Zealand since I was a child, but I didn’t have the opportunity to go before this course,” said he declared.

Officer Cadet Rakavono said the course got more challenging as the year progressed, but his highlight so far was undertaking Exercise Veiliutaki in Fiji, an OCS exercise held alongside the RFMF, working together in fully integrated multinational platoons.

He said his return to Fiji meant he had the opportunity to reunite with his wife and child, whom he had not seen for over a year. /

Officer Cadet Wilson said he was grateful for the opportunity and learned a lot in New Zealand.

“Not everyone has the opportunity to do that,” he said.

Returning to Fiji for Exercise Veiliutaki was difficult as he was used to the sub-zero temperatures of Waiouru, so getting used to Fiji’s warmer weather again had been a challenge.

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