Papua New Guinea PARLIAMENT has passed the Joint Forces College of Papua New Guinea Bill 2020 which will now enable the establishment of the institution.
Defence Minister Saki Soloma told Parliament that the purpose of the Bill was to provide for the establishment and incorporation of the Joint Forces College of PNG and to repeal the Joint Services College of PNG.
He said the idea of re-establishing the tri-discipline joint services college, now to be renamed Joint Forces College (JFC), had long been in the PNG Defence Force’s plan.
Soloma said in 2011 the Office of Security Coordination and Assessment (Osca) was directed to lead a technical working term to develop a concept for a National Security Academy (NSA).
He said in 2013, the former Joint Services College was revived, this time as the Defence Academy.
Soloma said the technical working team, comprising senior officers from the three discipline forces, took on the responsibility of re-establishing the JSC.
He said the college comprised the Joint forces Academic, School of Strategic Studies, Command and Staff College and Leadership School.
Soloma said the objective of the college was to graduate officers trained in an environment conductive to producing highly disciplined, mature, responsible, loyal and honest officers.
He said it was also to deliver high quality and competent courses for cadets and to produce cadets.
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