Cadets, Agents of Change in Achieving State-Defense National Movement: Vice Minister

Vice Minister of Defense Lieutenant General (Retired) Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, left, and Indonesia Military Academy or Akmil Governor Major General Sumardi, in Magelang, Central Java, Tuesday, August 13, 2014. Image by Penhumas Akmil.

Vice Minister of Defense Lieutenant General (Retired) Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, left, and Indonesia Military Academy or Akmil Governor Major General Sumardi, in Magelang, Central Java, Tuesday, August 13, 2014. Image by Penhumas Akmil.

By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja

DO you still remember the Indonesian Military or TNI‘s high ranking military officer known for his remark “aman dan terkendali” (literally, secure and controlled) in his almost every statements in 1998/1999?

During that time, he was a Major General, and served as Panglima Kodam Jaya or Jakarta Military Commander, and then Asum Kaster or General Assistant to Chief of Territorial Staff, and rose to Expert Staff for the TNI Commander in political and security fields.

He is Lieutenant General (retired) Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, who has been serving Vice Minister of Defense since 2010.

And yesterday, he visited Indonesia’s Military Academy, or Akmil in Magelang, Central Java, and spoke in front of 665 Akmil’s male and female cadets.

Male and female cadets of the Indonesia Military Academy or Akmil. Image by Penhumas Akmil.

Male and female cadets of the Indonesia Military Academy or Akmil. Image by Penhumas Akmil.

“Cadets are agents of change in achieving the spirit to defend the nation. You have to be role models”, Mr Sjamsoeddin said.

But he emphasized that a role model doesn’t have to be perfect.

He explained: “A role model is someone who serves as an example, whose behaviour is emulated and echoed by other people and consistently leads by example.”

In future, either a male or a female cadet will be a mentor, a coach, a counselor, and a disciplinarian, not only for his/her respective organization, but morally also for a society, said Mr Sjamsoeddin.***

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