By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja
INSTRUCTORS of Singapore’s Officer Cadet School, the Singapore Armed Forces, Captain Mok Wei-Sheng Jerik and Lieutenant Nathaniel Ghui pay a visit to Akmil (Indonesia’s Military Academy) in Magelang, Central Java, Monday (August 4, 2014).
In their goodwill visit, Captain Jerik and Lieutenant Nathaniel are greeted by Akmil Governor Major General Sumardi and his staff in Akmil’s Sudirman Room.
“I am glad to be here. We can share ideas, we can exchange knowledge in military or defence policy, we can trade experience with instructors and military teachers of the Indonesia Military Academy”, Captain Jerik says.
Lieutenant Nathaniel, on his personal Instagram account, wrote: “We, are officers of the Singapore Armed Forces. Our duty is to lead, to excel and to overcome. We lead our men by example. We answer for their training, morale and discipline. We must excel in everything we do. We serve with pride and honour and integrity. We must overcome adversity with courage, fortitude and determination.”
Captain Jerik, in 2009, received the Safos (Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship) to pursue his university education in the United Kingdom.
He then continued his education at University College London, majoring in Economics.
Introduced in 1971, Safos is known the most prestigious scholarship from Singapore after the President’s Scholarship.
The grant issued by Singapore’s PSC (Public Service Commission) is awarded annually to superb servicemen who have excelled in their studies, impressive co-curricular activities, and outstanding performance in Officer Cadet School.
Meanwhile, Akmil Governor Major General Sumardi explains: “Akmil, or the Indonesia Military Academy’s mission is to educate, train and inspire the corps of cadets. It is to be hoped that each graduate will be a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of duty, honor and country.”
Each Akmil graduate, says Sumardi, will have the TNI (Indonesian National Armed Forces) military rank Second Lieutenant and an academic degree Sarjana Terapan Pertahanan or Bachelor of Applied Defense.***