After eleven weeks of classroom and practical lessons 29 soldiers graduated from their Junior Non Commissioned Officers (JNCO) course at Linton Military Camp to become junior leaders in the Army.
Junior Non Commissioned Officers (JNCO) graduate from their course at Linton Military Camp (LN-11-0030-19).
As soldiers they learned the skills of their trade. They may be rifleman, military police, signals, catering or any of the other trades and skills that enable the Army to perform its tasks both here in New Zealand or deployed elsewhere in the world, on the course those skills were put into perspective as they learned how to focus those skills and the skills of the solders who will work for them.
The course is designed to provide these soldiers with the additional skills that will enable them to pass on their trade skills, reinforce teamwork and individual discipline, and lead their junior soldiers as they themselves gain skills that will enable them to become senior leaders.
During the graduation parade, the reviewing officer Colonel Howie Duffy reminded the course that this only the beginning and the skills they now have should not be consigned to a folder on the shelf.
"Remember what it was like when you were a Private, and your Section Commander may not have exercised good leadership or didn't tell you what was happening - don't be that person, don't settle for mediocrity. Look for, and accept the challenge of continuing to have, and to instil good work habits, you now have the tools to be a junior leader in our Army".
For Corporal Whetu Matehaere it was an unexpected honour to be awarded the Top Student award for consistently displaying high standards and who best exemplified courage, commitment, comradeship and integrity throughout the course.
"The course has opened my eyes as to what we have available in the Army and what is possible for training, and what I can do for my soldiers".