Musanze, 24 March 2023
On 24 March 2023, thirty-six officers of the ranks of Major and Captain, including 2 female officers, of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) and two officers of the rank of Chief Inspector of Police (RNP) successfully completed a Junior Command and Staff Course Intake Twenty (20/23). The ceremony took place at the RDF Command and Staff College in Nyakinama, Musanze District. The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Army Chief of Staff, Lt Gen M Mubarakh presided over the graduation ceremony.
In his remarks, the RDF Army Chief of Staff congratulated the graduating officers for successfully completing the course noting that the course equipped the graduates with the required competencies in military planning and conduct of operations, the knowledge of national security interests and the changing character of security, as well as understanding of regional and global security challenges. He expressed his confidence that the course has equipped graduates with necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to be forward looking and problem- solving leaders.
The RDF Command and Staff College Deputy Commandant, Col JC Ngendahimana highlighted that the JCSC lasted for 20 weeks divided into 2 terms. The first term mainly covered Routine & Operational Staff Work, Land Operations; Force Organization & Capabilities while the second term covered Stability Operations, Operations is Specific Environment, Leadership, Command and Management, National and International Affairs, Training of the Force and several indoor and outdoor training exercises. The Deputy Commandant commended the high standards of discipline, team work and commitment demonstrated by the graduates.
The overall best student of the Graduating Class (JCSC 20) was Capt Ronald Ngoboka MUHIRIMA while Capt Godfrey NZARAMBA became the second overall best student and received the best Commandant Research Paper award as well.
JCSC 20 ran from 31 October 2022 to 24 March 2023. The Junior Command and Staff Course aims at preparing selected officers for Grade 3 Staff appointments, command appointments at mid-tactical level of war and, after further experience, for Senior Command and Staff Course training.
Remarks by the Deputy Commandant
Remarks by ACOS
The overall best student Capt Ronald Ngoboka MUHIRIMA
Capt Godfrey NZARAMBA became the second overall best student and received the best Commandant Research Paper award