Bandar Seri Begawan - Several outstanding army recruits from the 146th intake, who proudly marched in their uniforms as they concluded their six months of Basic Military Training at the Training Institute Royal Brunei Armed Forces in Penanjong Garrison yesterday, shared their takes on their experiences.
For the Best Overall Recruit, 50003 Rec Muhd Hanis Hilmi bin Pawi, 25, his high dedication and commitment tied with his positive personality earned him the award. He excelled in practical and theoretical tests and attained 76 per cent in all subjects. He also attained outstanding marks for his physical resilience in physical tests.
In an interview with the Weekend Bulletin, Muhd Hanis said that he felt relieved after completing the tough training and admitted that it was not easy. "It was really comprehensive and packed, covering a lot of aspects; physically and spiritually. It has changed me."
Muhd Hanis, who chose the Royal Brunei Navy as his unit, said that he was also surprised to learn that he was selected as the Best Overall Recruit. Sharing his secret of success, he said, "The main thing you need to always remember is to follow strict discipline and follow orders from superiors."
For those who wish to join the army, he advised them to be mentally and physically prepared to undergo the 25-week training. "It all depends on an individual's spirit and initiative," he added.
For the Best Recruit in Academic, 50000 Rec Mohd Nazirul Hazwan bin Jamaluddin, 19, his excellent results in physical and theoretical tests earned him the award. With a mark of 86.5 per cent, he emerged the Best in Basic Military Discipline in tactical knowledge, general knowledge and military knowledge.
He, too, said that the award came as a surprise to him. He said that the training has infused him with stronger spirit to serve in the army. The most challenging feat during the training, he said, was the time in which they had to undergo jungle training.
"During the training, there were so many obstacles and challenges, but with the help from our instructors, I'm glad that I made it," he said.
Since he is still young, he said that he is planning to continue learning in-service. Mohd Nazirul chose the Royal Brunei Land Forces as his unit.
Meanwhile, the Best Recruit in Physical Training, 50015 Rec Razimie bin Ramli, 22, said that sports had been his interest since early childhood.
"But being in the army taught me more than just sports: We have learnt so much including jungle survival and other things like medical aid as well," he said, adding that the main recipe for success is to always strive to win and never give up.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin