BRUNEI - A delegation of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) military cadets left for Singapore Thursday to participate in the 21st International Cadet Exchange Programme (ICEP).
The representatives from the Sultanate, comprising 11 students and two teachers, will join military cadets from around the world for a series of activities hosted by the Singapore National Cadet Corps, such as outdoor adventures and cultural experiences.
Held annually, the ICEP brings together military cadets from countries around the world, including Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Lieutenant Colonel (L) Norshahrinizam Hj Talib, Commanding Officer of the Royal Brunei Malay Reserve Unit, said the programme would enable participants to interact and network with their peers.
"It's about promoting defence ties," he explained, adding that military-to-military relations are important at all levels.
Prior to their departure, a farewell ceremony was held at Brunei International Airport in Berakas to bless the delegation's trip.
Addressing the military cadets, Lieutenant Colonel (L) Norshahrinizam advised them to use their time on the programme constructively.
"It will be a new experience for the army cadets," said participating teacher Ak Mohd Shahrul Pg Rosli, adding that the students were selected because they were the top army cadets in the country.
The first intake of military cadets on January 9, 1971, involved students from Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien (SOAs) College, Anthony Abell College and Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam Secondary School.
There are currently 35 secondary schools, colleges and higher education institutions in the country with military cadets registered under the RBAF.