INSPIRED by his father’s work in the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Mohd Afiq Mohd Suzali, 22, was happy that he was going to continue his father’s legacy in the air force.
“My dad is a technician with RMAF Johor and he has been with them for almost 20 years now. Seeing him monitoring and repairing the fighter jets inspired me to do the same.
“Almost everyday, I saw fighter jets fly past our house and I told myself, this is what I want to do,” he said.
He was one of the 353 recruits who completed their basic training over 24 weeks.
Afiq, who will now go for engineering training at the Aerospace Technology Institute in Kedah, said he enjoyed his training and was fortunate to be trained by experienced officers.
“Not many have this opportunity – so many applied but they did not get in. We went into forests and had shooting drills.
“Now I just want to do well in the institute and climb the ranks in the air force. There is a saying, ‘Service above self’. I will keep that in mind when serving my country,” said Afiq, who has four siblings.
RMAF chief Tan Sri Jen Roslan Saad witnessed and inspected all the recruits under the 54/2016 series last Saturday at the Air Force Training Institute in Gunung Rapat, Ipoh.
Jen Roslan said all the recruits would be sent to various training institutions to sharpen their expertise in their respective fields.
“The intakes have been quite competitive. After this training, we will be sending them to various fields such as engineering, material, administration, air traffic and defence.
He added that there will be two intakes each year and at least 800 recruits will complete the training every year.
“Many youngsters are interested to join the RMAF. Institutes like this can create officers who in the next 20 to 30 years can become leaders,” he said after the ceremony.
The best recruit in the series, Muhd Atiqullah A. Ghani, 20, from Parit Buntar was ecstatic after receiving his award and he aims to be an exemplary air force officer in the future.
“With what I’ve learned so far, I want to become a dedicated officer. During my six months here, I’ve learnt how to overcome my mental weakness.
“My family and coaches helped me to overcome it. They thought us what discipline was and this has spurred me to do well in my training,” said Atiqullah, who is the sixth child out of seven siblings.
Having seen a Sukhoi fighter jet when he was young, Mohd Haafizh Hamidan, 22, said he always wanted to be a part of the air force just to see and touch the planes.
“All those years looking at them and now I have completed the training, it was worth it. Now, I won’t only see the Sukhoi but other kinds of fighter jets such as the Hornet, Mikoyan, Hawk and Aermacchi.
“I won’t be flying them but I can learn how to fix them now. I will be pursuing an engineering course at the Aerospace Technology Institute in Kedah,” said Haafizh who is the eldest of three siblings.
The recruit training is divided into three phases – basic military training, academic and practical and self-building exercises.
They go through various modules and practices to ensure that the recruits are dedicated, strong and disciplined.
During the ceremony, families and friends of the recruits were also treated with acrobatic, parachute and band performances from the air force officers.
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