Private Timote Uola is presented the Sergeant Major of the Army Award by Sergeant Major of the Army, Warrant Officer Class One Danny Broughton.
Manukau 19-year-old Private Timote Uola was presented the Sergeant Major of the Army Award at NZ Army’s All Arms Recruits Course 362 March Out Ceremony, held on 30 November in Waiouru.
The award, presented by Sergeant Major of the Army Warrant Officer Class One Danny Broughton, was made in recognition of the hard work Private Uola displayed throughout his Basic Training.
"NZ Army’s 16 week Basic Training presents unique challenges to ordinary Kiwis looking for an extraordinary career," says WO1 Broughton. "As well as learning Army’s core values of Courage, Comradeship, Commitment and Integrity, recruits also learn about the cultural side of the Army – Ngati Tumatauenga."
"This is not just a culture that represents only Māori – it spans all people. It’s the cultural aspect of NZ Army that applies to each of us – no matter what creed, colour or race. Private Uola represented that culture in everything he did – this is why he was presented the award," says WO1 Broughton.
Before joining the NZ Army, Private Uola was taking part in a bridging course to get into the Army. He had earlier taken part in an LSV course and liked the lifestyle, discipline and comradeship.
"I wanted to do something more with my life – something more intense that other people can’t do. I thought I had what it takes and I wanted the challenge," he says.
"There is a unique comradeship that comes only to those who have been through this training, through their shared experiences," says Chief of Army Major General Keating. "Often, when facing great hardships together the strongest bonds are forged from trusting others in the same group."
"This experience will define them for the rest of their lives."
"My biggest challenge was getting through the ups and downs of the Basic Training – making it this far," says Private Uola.
Despite the challenges, Basic Training also brings its rewards. "My most enjoyable experience was being there for my mates, working hard together even in the cold and the rain - even in the snow during our second week here," says Private Uola.
When asked what he’d like other people to know about the NZ Army, Private Schuler says "If you think you have what it takes – give it a go."
Following his Basic Training, Private Nicholls will join the Royal NZ Infantry Regiment.
For further information please contact Major John Gordon, Senior Communications and Media Advisor – Army on 021 478 574.