The Chief of Army Major General Lou Gardiner will review the Territorial Force Commissioning Course (TFCC) officer graduation and Onwards Day Parade at Waiouru this Saturday.
Both the TFCC Graduates and Cadets graduating from Initial Officer Training will be parading in Waiouru.
The TFCC is a seven week programme designed for those with the potential to undertake a career in the NZ Army as a Territorial Force Officer.
The Onwards Day Parade is held to signify the transition and acceptance from Initial Officer Training (IOT) or as it used to be called, Basic Training, into the Corps of Officer Cadets. During the parade the Reviewing Officer will present members of the initial officer training course with their New Zealand Corps of Officer Cadets dress embellishments.
On the TFCC Graduation and Onwards Day Parade there will be 69 Cadets joining the NZ Corps of Officer Cadets and 11 graduates being commissioned, including three women. TFCC graduates come from regions across NZ including: Otago, Napier, Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch.
In accordance with tradition, the 11 graduates will be become newly commissioned officers at midnight on the 16th of February 2008, when they will have their ‘pips’ pinned on by family or others who have supported them throughout their training.