Busy Soldiers Less Trouble, says Retire PNGDF Captain

The Command and control ofthPNGDF must keep a soldier busy to avoid issues such as military men attacking civilians, says formePNGDF Acting Adjutant First Bettalion, Captain Herbert Wally.


Captain Wally agreed thatthere is a weakness inthe command and control section ofthe force.

Never leave an infantry man bored, is what Captain Wally said. He addedthere is widespread indiscipline inthe military becausethe command and control has less control over its men, and lacks initiative to keepthe soldiers busy every hour of every day.


“Never ever leave a fighting man bored because a bored soldier will use his stored up energy to do something he’s not supposed to,” said Wally.

Apart fromthe issues surrounding terms and conditions of a soldier, infantry trained men and women must be involved in activities that keepthem preoccuplied and focused on whatthey are being trained for.


The retired Captain’s views thatthere is a breakdown of command and control are aligned with comments fromthe opposition and those who have been victim to violent reactions by members ofthe defense forces.


He emphasized that those in command and control of infantry men, should not mix around with soldiers, as it compromises a leader’s control over his troops.


“PNGDF Hierarchy’s are in fear,they are losing moral courage to stand-up do what is morally right. And, that is to discipline soldiers,” said Wally.

“They ought to be disciplined; however, officers have allthe powers to do so butthey are not…chargethem,” he said.

Last week, Beigadier General Francis Agwi released a media statement announcingthe establishment of a Task Force team who will overseethe Taurama Barracks administration, to identify its weaknesses.


The four-member operation will be set up inthe barracks, comprising a colonel, lieutenant colonel, a Major andPNG F lawyer. They will assist by putting in place annual programmes and activities for all TauramPNGDF personals for 2013 and beyond.

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