PNGDF Cadets Sent to Study at Australian Academy
The Defence Corporation program between PNG and Australia has gone one step further. For the first time two PNG Defence Force cadets will be attending a degree program at the Australian Defence Force Academy, an affiliate of the University of New South Wales.
PNGDF Commander, Brigadier General Francis Agwi, commended Australia for this milestone.
Officer cadets, Mark Rakatani and Jathenial Wariambu are the first to represent PNG under this new arrangement. Both were chosen out of hundreds of applicants through a comprehensive selection process.
This is a step further to the ongoing training programs under the Defence corporation arrangement between the two countries. The cadets will attend 4 years training at the university and the last year at the defence academy. This is a boost for PNGDF in producing quality officers to join the force.
Brigadier general, Francis Awai was present at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby this morning to congratulate the two cadets.
The commander of PNGDF said this signifies a milestone for the country to be able to send cadets for this training with the assistance from Australian Defence force. The training is funded under PNG-Australia Defence Cooperation Programs, valued at an estimated 27 million Australian dollars which was announced earlier this year.
Commander Agwi is pleased with this development as it is a plus for the PNG Defence force.
Though excited, the officers do have a huge responsibility in being the ambassadors for the country. Scheduled to depart on the 2nd of January 2014, both received their airlines ticket from commander Agwi.
Officer Wariambu will return after 5 years with a degree to work alongside his father, Major Greg Wariambu.