"In the midst of this pandemic, we must also maintain constant vigil against various likely forms of disruption to sovereignty of the country, including in the North Natuna Sea and Papua," the TNI commander stated during a virtual address to 750 prospective teenage cadets of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police (Polri) in Jakarta, Wednesday.
The TNI commander sought greater realization among the cadets on how vast and large the Indonesian state is.
"This is our responsibility, as the vanguard and the archipelago’s fortress, to maintain and guarantee its safety," Marshal Tjahjanto affirmed.
On the occasion, Marshal Tjahjanto congratulated all candidates for their achievements as well as their high levels of dedication while receiving education at the TNI Academy and Police Academy.
In the near future, cadets will be sworn in by President Joko Widodo to become TNI and Polri First Officers.
"After being inaugurated, the cadets will change their status to become TNI-Polri Officers, with the obligation and responsibility to serve the country. As officers, skills are necessary in line with the demands of duties and specialization in the unit," he pointed out.
After being inaugurated by the president, the cadets will partake in the subsequent educational stage before plunging into various fields of assignment.
"Some of you will become a platoon commander of the combat units, while some of you will be on duty aboard the Indonesian warship to protect the sovereignty of the country at sea, whereas some will train to become fighter pilots and some of you will be in the midst of the community to protect and provide services to maintain public security and order," he stated.
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