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Love relationships within the BDF explained.
18/09/15
Love relationships within  the BDF explained.   SPEECH FOR GUEST OF HONOUR PASS OUT PARADE OF RECRUITS INTAKE 68 AND 69 OF 2015  

 

Love relationships within the BDF explained.

SPEECH FOR GUEST OF HONOUR

PASS OUT PARADE OF RECRUITS INTAKE 68 AND 69 OF 2015

 

WE ARE GATHERED HERE ONCE AGAIN TO WITNESS A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF RECRUIT BASIC COURSE OF INTAKES 68 AND 69 WHICH COMMENCED ON THE 23RD FEBRUARY AND 2ND MARCH 2015 RESPECTIVELY. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE RECRUIT PRIVATE BASIC MILITARY TRAINING IN THE COLLEGE AND BDF; THESE INTAKES HAVE SEEN YOUNG BATSWANA FEMALES OPENING DOORS TO WOMEN IN UNIFORM SERVING IN THE LOWER RANKS OF THE BDF. I HAVE THE PLEASURE TO ANNOUNCE THAT THERE ARE 382 FEMALE RECRUITS OUT OF THESE TWO INTAKES THAT ARE PASSING OUT TODAY.

 

 

 THIS IS AGAINST THE BACKGROUND THAT IN 2007 THE DEFENCE FORCE EMPLOYED THE FIRST FEMALE CADETS WHO WERE THEN THE PIONEERS OF FEMALE OFFICERS’ CADRE. THEREFORE, TODAY’S MILESTONE MARKS YET ANOTHER IMPORTANT EVENT IN OUR CALENDAR AS A YOUNG AND DEVELOPING DEFENCE FORCE. THIS WILL GO A LONG WAY IN CEMENTING AND PRESENTING BDF AS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY VOCATION FOR BATSWANA WILLING TO TAKE UP A MILITARY CAREER.

 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS MILESTONE, HOWEVER, COMES WITH ITS OWN CHALLENGES AMONG OTHERS BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE SMOOTH INTEGRATION OF FEMALE CADRE IN THE LOWER RANKS AND PROVISION OF APPROPRIATE AMENITIES AS WELL AS MANAGEMENT OF RELATIONSHIPS AS THEY NOW PRESENT A SIZEABLE NUMBER ACROSS THE RANKS. IN TERMS OF AMENITIES, THE CHALLENGE WILL BE ACCOMMODATION FOR BOTH GARRISON AND OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS. HOWEVER, IT IS OUR UTMOST ENDEAVOUR TO REARRANGE OUR LIMITED RESOURCES TO NAVIGATE THIS CHALLENGE.

 DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AT THIS JUNCTURE ALLOW ME TO ADDRESS THE GRADUANDS.  AND TO THIS LET ME ACHIEVE THAT BY OFFERING THAT SOLDIERING IS NOT JUST A JOB; IT IS A COMMITMENT TO SERVE THE NATION.  YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIVES CHOSEN A CAREER WHICH AN ORDINARY CIVILIAN WILL NOT CONSIDER FOR A VOCATION. 

YOU HAVE ANSWERED A CALLING TO HARDSHIP AND PERSONAL SACRIFICES.  IN THIS ENDEVOUR YOU HAVE ENTERED INTO COVENANT WITH THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY THAT THEY CAN RELY ON YOU FOR THEIR SECURITY AND WELL BEING. YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO FORGO SOME OF YOUR LIFE PRIVILEGES AMONG OTHERS, THE RIGHT TO UNIONISE, THE RIGHT TO INDULGE IN POLITICAL ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL CONSTITUTE A DISCIPLINARY OFFENCE IF YOU PARTAKE IN ANY POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OR SHOW ANY POLITICAL AFFILIATION TO A POLITICAL ORGANIZATION WHICH ARE A PERSONAL RIGHT TO AN ORDINARY CITIZEN.

 

YOUR DAILY DUTIES WILL INCLUDE AMONG OTHERS GUARD DUTIES, NON TRADITIONAL MILITARY OPERATIONS SUCH AS AID TO CIVIL AUTHORITY AND ANTI-POACHING.  REMEMBER, WHEN YOU ARE ON GUARD, YOU ARE THE EYES AND THE EARS OF THAT PARTICULAR UNIT OR FORMATION AT THAT POINT IN TIME. THEREFORE, AN ELEPHANT OR RHINO KILLED BY A POACHER IS NOT JUST AN ELEPHANT OR RHINO, LOOK AT IT AS LOSS OF FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH SERVICES, AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS BELOVED COUNTRY.  THEREFORE, EACH ONE OF YOU SHOULD HAVE A SPIRIT OF SERVICE AND PATRIOTISM AND UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS OR HER POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION IN ANY OF THESE TASKS AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A TEAM MEMBER. 

 

YOU MUST AT ALL TIMES BE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TEAM LEADERS AND THEIR ROLES IN THE EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF THE TEAM. WHEN YOU GET TO YOUR UNITS, YOU WILL FIND SERVING MEMBERS WHO WILL BE EAGER TO ADVISE AND COUNSEL YOU ON MANY ISSUES. YOU ARE NO LONGER ON TRAINING AND THEREFORE EXPECTED TO MAKE INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS WHICH WILL IMPACT YOUR CAREERS AND LIFE IN GENERAL.

 

ALTHOUGH YOU MUST NEVER FORGET THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF TEAM WORK INCULCATED INTO YOU AT FTE, YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT SOME DECISIONS WILL BE SOLELY UP TO YOU AS INDIVIDUALS. YOU MUST BE RESPONSIBLE AT ALL TIMES FOR WHATEVER YOU DO. YOUR BEHAVIOUR DURING AND OUTSIDE WORK MUST AT ALL TIMES BE EXEMPLARY, BEFITTING A SOLDIER OF THE BOTSWANA DEFENCE FORCE.

 

THE BDF HAS VALUES. NAMELY DUTY, INTEGRITY, ESPRIT DE CORPS AND DISCIPLINE WHICH YOU ARE EXPECTED TO LIVE UP TO AND WILL NOT BE NEW TO YOU AS THEY WERE INTRODUCED TO YOU DURING YOUR BASIC TRAINING. THESE GIVE YOU A GUIDELINE AND PURPOSE OF WHAT BEHAVIOURS ARE TOLERATED IN THE DEFENCE FORCE WITHOUT ANY FAVOUR. YOU MUST AT ALL TIMES LIVE THESE VALUES LESS YOU FIND YOURSELF ON WRONG SIDE AND FACING DIRE CONSEQUENCES.  YOU MUST, THEREFORE, BE READY AND WILLING TO CARRY OUT YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DISPENSE YOUR DUTIES.

 

I MUST HOWEVER, CAUTION YOU NOT TO DESPAIR SINCE YOU WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS AS THE SERGEANTS, STAFF-SERGEANTS AND WARRANT OFFICERS WILL PLAY A CRUCIAL PARENTAL ROLE IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY DUTIES AS BEGINNERS. THE REGIMENTAL SEARGENT MAJOR (RSM) IS A FATHER FIGURE TO YOU ONCE YOU ARE POSTED TO YOUR COMMANDS AND UNITS AND YOU MUST LOOK UP TO HIM FOR DIRECTION. I URGE YOU TO USE HIS WISDOM BEFORE YOU EVEN THINK OF GOING TO YOUR COMMANDING OFFICER. HE HAS ANSWERS TO ALMOST ALL YOUR PROBLEMS AND I CAN ASSURE YOU HE WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ASSIST YOU.

 

DIRECTOR OF CEREMONY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HAVING ADDRESSED THE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE GRADUANDS; I NOW WISH TO DELVE ON BROADER POLICY ISSUES THAT THESE GRADUATING RECRUIT PRIVATES AND THE GERERAL DEFENCE FORCE MEMBERSHIP CONTINUES TO FACE IN THEIR SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY AND THIS BORDERS ON MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS AND ENSURE THE WORK ENVIRONMENT PRESENT A CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE WHERE WE CAN ALL CONTRIBUTE POSITIVELY WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR.  AND AS A DEVELOPING DEFENCE FORCE, ISSUES OF FRATERNISATION REMAINS IN THE LEADERSHIP RADAR AT ALL TIMES AND SHALL NOT BE TOLERATED AND HENCE PROHIBITED ACROSS THE RANKS. HERE, I WISH TO WARN ALL MEMBERS OF THE DEFENCE FORCE THAT ANY MEMBER WHO ENGAGES IN SUCH UNWANTED OR UNDESIRABLE BEHAVIOR WOULD HAVE EARNED HIMSELF OR HERSELF A TICKET OUT OF THE DEFENCE FORCE IRRESPECTIVE OF HIS OR HER STATURE.

 

DIRECTOR OF CEREMONY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ACCORDING TO OUR POLICY ON FRATERNISATION; IT RELATES TO, ‘PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS THAT CONTRAVENE THE CUSTOMARY BOUNDS OF ACCEPTABLE SENIOR-SUBORDINATE INTERACTION’ THE POLICY GOES ON TO INDICATE THAT, THOUGH COMMONLY APPLIED TO OFFICERS-ENLISTED RELATIONSHIPS, IT ALSO INCLUDES IMPROPER RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIAL INTERACTION BETWEEN OFFICERS CADRE  AS WELL AS ENLISTED MEMBERS.

 

 AND TO THE FEMALE GRADUANDS, YOU HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS TO CALL UPON IN CASE OF THIS CHALLENGE. WE WILL ALSO AS LEADERSHIP PROVIDE A CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT TO EMPOWER YOU TO SUCCESFULLY PREPARE YOURSELVES AGAINST THIS MATTER. YOU WILL BE DEPLOYED IN TEAMS SO THAT YOU HAVE EACH OTHER’S COUNSEL AND SUPPORT.

DIRECTOR OF CEREMONY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AS A PARTING ADVICE TO THE GRADUANDS; YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO YOUR OWN LIVES.  INDULGENCE IN ALCOHOL AND DRUGS, INVOLVEMENT IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, INDEBTEDNESS, CHILD MAINTENANCE ISSUES, DRUNKEN DRIVING AND ANY OTHER ACT THAT CONTRAVENES ANY LEGAL INSTRUMENT CAN HAVE A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON THE STATE OF READINESS, THE DISCIPLINE AND THE COHESIVENESS OF THE FORCE. THEREFORE, YOU NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE LEST YOU FALL VICTIM TO SUCH UNWANTED BEHAVIOURS WHICH MAY COMPROMISE YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN THE DEFENCE FORCE.

 

AT THIS JUNCTURE, I ALSO WISH TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE PARENTS AND LOVED ONES OF THE GRADUANDS WHO HAVE TRAVELLED LONG DISTANCES TO BE HERE WITH US TODAY.  THIS IS A TRIBUTE TO YOU AS WELL.  I KNOW HOW VERY PROUD YOU ARE OF THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN.  SIX (6) MONTHS AGO THEY LEFT YOU BACK HOME AS INDIVIDUALS AND YOU SEE THEM HERE TODAY AS A TEAM OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE ADOPTED THE WAYS OF THE MILITARY.  THIS TRANSFORMATION HAS BEEN POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOUR LOVE, SUPPORT AND PRAYERS.  RE A LEBOGA BATSADI.

 

TO THE ACTING COMMANDANT, FORCE TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT AND HIS TEAM OF INSTRUCTORS, NOT FORGETTING NON-SUPPORT STAFF, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR HARD WORK IN MOULDING THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN.  THANK YOU FOR SHARING KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE WITH THE GRADUANDS AS THIS HAS PROVIDED THEM WITH SOLID FOUNDATION TO PREPARE THEM FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER.

I MUST ALSO THANK OUR INVITED GUESTS FOR FINDING TIME IN THEIR BUSY SCHEDULE TO BE WITH US TODAY AS WE CELEBRATE ANOTHER MOMENTOUS OCCASION IN OUR BDF CALENDAR.

IN CONCLUSION, I ONCE AGAIN CONGRATULATE YOU RECRUIT PRIVATES OF INTAKES 68 AND 69 ON YOUR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF YOUR BASIC MILITARY COURSE AND I AM HAPPY TO WELCOME YOU INTO THE RANKS AND FILE OF THE BDF. I DO WISH YOU ALL PROSPEROUS CAREERS IN YOUR FUNCTIONAL AREAS AND GOD BLESS YOU. AND I THANK YOU.

 

P U L A!!!

 

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