Graduates join the military

The current modernisation and expansion program of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force is being boosted by the recruitment of university graduates in recent months.

Three of those graduated from Divine Word University during its 33rd graduation ceremony at the Madang campus on Sunday 15th March, 2015.

The three are Bhegen Kiap (Bachelor Business Accounting), Donatus Sabadi (Bachelor of Information Systems) and Wesley Isaac (Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management).

They were among 764 students who graduated with various qualifications from Masters degree down to certificate levels.

Sabadi and Kiap were recruited under the cadet officer program late last year and are undergoing 18 months military training at the training academy at Igam Barracks outside Lae while Isaac joined the army as a direct-entry officer due to his past job experience in the hospitality industry. Isaac said he is currently working at Murray Barracks but would soon go for the six-months military training at Goldie River Barracks outside Port Moresby to formerly be enlisted as a soldier and given a rank.

Kiap and Isaac said a 2014 DWU graduate Samson Sipa (Bachelor of Business Accounting) also joined the army cadet officer. They said a third year Bachelor of Business Management, Chris Arumba deferred his last year of study at DWU and joined the PNGDF as a general entry (private) and is undergoing training at the Goldie River Barracks outside Port Moresby.

Kiap said after their training at Igam, selected cadet officers who pass the various tests will go over further specialist training overseas to join the navy and air wings of the military.

Other ex-DWU students who joined the army as officer cadet trainees over the past 12 months include Isaac Pombreaw and Jeremiah Mai.