Women Mil­i­tary Of­fi­cers’ Pro­mo­tion An In­spi­ra­tion To Ev­ery­one

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Cap­tain Fe­saitu Fa­ti­aki Kamilo and Lieu­tenant Mere Vu­nimo are a won­der­ful ex­am­ple to ev­ery­one. While they rep­re­sent women in their quest for recog­ni­tion and gen­der bal­ance in the main­stream, their per­sonal sto­ries are rel­e­vant to ev­ery­one.

Their pro­mo­tion in the of­fi­cers’ ranks of the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces came af­ter years of hard­work and sac­ri­fice. Cap­tain Kamilo was pro­moted from War­rant Of­fi­cer Class 2 and Lieu­tenant Vu­nimo was pro­moted from Lance Corporal. Cap­tain Kamilo, a sin­gle mother of two sons, 15-years-old and 20-years-old, had to jug­gle her time to look af­ter her boys. For moth­ers who have boys, they will tell you that it is not easy to raise them sin­gle hand­edly. To be able to do that and fo­cus on her mil­i­tary re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is a ma­jor achieve­ment that de­serves recog­ni­tion. How did she do it? Cap­tain Kamilo says faith in God and putting him first in ev­ery­thing and set­ting the right pri­or­i­ties. Faith with­out works is dead, says James in the New Tes­ta­ment of the Holy Bi­ble. She ob­vi­ously un­der­stands it and worked in­cred­i­bly hard to suc­ceed. She did not let other things stand in the way and she got there. Never give up was part of her motto. On her own ad­mis­sion, she says it’s tough rais­ing two sons alone. Her in­domitable spirit is a great ex­am­ple for many, not only sin­gle moth­ers. Some among us give up hope eas­ily in the face of tri­als and ad­ver­si­ties. The con­se­quences are not good and some­times tragic. Cap­tain Kamilo has shown us that noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble. If we have faith or self be­lief and we go to work to achieve our goals we will at­tain them. Cap­tain Kamilo is a liv­ing tes­ti­mony of that. Lieu­tenant Vu­nimo came from a hum­ble be­gin­ning and has never lost sight of that. She has not for­got­ten her roots and the ef­forts of her par­ents to teach her life’s im­por­tant lessons. They have given her the right per­spec­tives about life and helped her to where she is to­day. Dur­ing her jour­ney there she com­pleted a Bach­e­lor’s De­gree and Post­grad­u­ate Diploma in Com­merce and Pro­fes­sional Ac­count­ing at the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific by tak­ing evening classes. The women of­fi­cers have joined a grow­ing num­ber of women who are rising to po­si­tions of lead­er­ship in the mil­i­tary. There was a time when the mil­i­tary was the ex­clu­sive do­main of the men. Not any more. Cap­tain Kamilo and Lieu­tenant Vu­nimo are fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of trail­blazer Colonel Litea Seruiratu, the first woman Chief of Staff of the RFMF. There are more women in the mil­i­tary than it has ever been. Cap­tain Kamilo and Lieu­tenant Vu­nimo are an in­spi­ra­tion to ev­ery­one.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Cap­tain Fe­saitu Fa­ti­aki Kamilo (left), and Lieu­tenant Mere Rokowati Vu­nimo.

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