The Chief of Staff of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Headquarters, Captain (Capt) (Navy) John Fox officially opened the 1/ 19 Junior Staff Officers (JSO) Course today Monday 11 February 2019 at the Officers Training School (OTS), Vatuwaqa.

In his opening address, Capt Fox told members that their journey as staff officers comes into effect instantly from day one. “The amount of effort you put in to whatever staff work you are required of will shape up your career as an officer. Writing of after-action reports, incidents and other circumstances relative in nature will certainly impart knowledge and skills that will benefit your duty as a staff officer to any area of work you will be assigned to,” said Capt Fox. He added that effective staff work is a significant key to all military forces and institutions as it will complement effective command and leadership resulting in successful planning in major military operations.

“I read a book 20 years ago which stated that during the first Congo Civil war in the 1960s, the force involved was made up of mercenaries. Most of these mercenaries were veterans of the World War Two (WW II), the Korean War and were made up of men of different nationalities. Some of them were fighting on opposing side in WW II. One of the senior officers wrote that of the many men mobilized, he noticed a former German soldier and made the deduction that this man was the best soldier of the lot. This observation was later proven in actual combat duties simply because that soldier brought his typewriter with him,” concluded Capt Fox.

A total of 20 commissioned officers are attending the 1/19 JSO course, 18 from the RFMF, 01 from the Fiji Police Force (FPF) and 01 from the Fiji Correction Services (FCS). The six weeks course will be completed on 22nd March 2019.

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