WALVIS BAY – During the graduation ceremony of the first intake of the Professional Qualified Officers’ Course (PQOC) held in Walvis Bay, President Hage Geingob called for increased professionalism among members of the Namibian Defence Force.
According to Namibia Press Agency (Nampa), President Geingob, represented at the event, underscored the value of professionalism, highlighting its significance in the foundation of modern conventional militaries. In his speech, the President urged force members to embody the conduct and characteristics that reflect positively on the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and the nation.
The President communicated a firm expectation for soldiers and officers to consistently demonstrate exemplary behaviour in all interactions, whether with peers, superiors, or the community. “As your Commander-In-Chief, I do not want to hear or read about soldiers acting out of character or endangering the citizens of this country,” he directed, emphasizing the need for discipline, respect, and tact in their duties.
Geingob elaborated on the imperative of professionalism, stressing that it ensures soldiers have the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively fulfill their roles.
The groundbreaking PQOC began on April 17, 2023, at Rooikop Military Base, extending over a period of 29 weeks. This inaugural program trained 91 officer cadets from various branches of the NDF, including the Navy, Air Force, and Special Forces, guiding them in their transition to Commissioned Officers responsible for leading other soldiers.
Flight Officer Nicolette Mogotsi, a graduate from the Air Force, represented her fellow graduates in expressing gratitude for the training they received. Despite challenges, the course imparted them with essential soldiering skills, such as marksmanship and basic soldier skills, as well as trust services. Mogotsi also acknowledged the instructors for their dedication and the significant sacrifices made to ensure the success of the graduates.