Friday, June 12, 2009

A Sneak Preview of Republic of Fiji Military Forces Make-up & Budget: Do you think Bainimarama & Rabuka have brought shame to its reputation?

a. Vision. We want to be ‘A smart military force that enhances its capabilities beyond its size through professionalism, resourcefulness, knowledge and skills, leadership, discipline and adherence to its ethos and values’.

b. Mission. The RFMF mission is to enhance the security of the Fiji islands and protect its people and interest in peace, in crisis and in conflict.

c. Ethos. Our enduring ethos is based on fairness translated to “Na dina, dodonu kei na savasava.

d. Values. The RFMF is a value based institution. It is through our values that we know who we are and through which we are bonded together to achieve our vision and serve the nation. Our values are:

(1) The will to win;
(2) Dedication to duty;
(3) Integrity;
(4) Teamwork;
(5) Courage; and
(6) Family.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces

Service branches - Land Force Command (includes a Naval Unit)
Headquarters - Suva

Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces
Commodore Frank Bainimarama


Available formilitary service -215,104 males, age 18-49 (2005 est),212,739 females, age 18-49 (2005 est)
Fit formilitary service -163,960 males, age 18-49 (2005 est),178,714 females, age 18-49 (2005 est)
Reaching militaryage annually - 9,266 males (2005 est),8,916 females (2005 est)

Active personnel - 3,500 (ranked 146)

Reserve personnel - Approx 6,000


Budget $US74m (2006)

Republic of Fiji Military Forces
Cap badge of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces
Service branches
Land Force Command (includes a Naval Unit)


  1. What a cavernous disconnect between these fine sounding words, and the actual spirit and behaviour of those in charge of the Fiji military at present.

    Are they just trying to cover themselves in nominal honour? Or do they really understand the implications for change on their part that these words will require?

    If there will be no change forthcoming at Delainabua out of this (and I see none coming at present), then this is one of the most breath-taking examples of denial i have ever seen.

  2. You seem to be have said it all in a nutshell.
    To quote from you, 'Are they just trying to cover themselves in nominal honour?"

    Gauging from the rhetorics of the last two decades & more from these two Military Coup leaders - the answer will be YES.

    The outcome as one can see Fiji has slipped further & further back in terms of its; Political Stability, Economy, Tourism, Trade, Development, etc etc. Poverty is on the rise, Infrastructure is almost collapsing or has collapsed [seeing theres more potholes than road].

    And now this coup - what good has it brought to Fiji. The promises are our future generation will come to experience the benefits. Its almost what one calls 'Dream on or that of Carrot Dangling'

    Fiji Military has some reputable men in their camp but it is unfortunate that they are led by some Power Hungry bullies like Bainimarama & Rabuka who thought they can have it all their way and no one in Fiji will say BOO!!

  3. Dismantle Fiji Military

    The words ‘brand new’ imply that we will all be cast aside for something bigger, better, brighter and more robust.

    To all our Military readers maybe you can comment as you will be ‘dismantled’ under the ‘brand new Fiji’ because you are ‘useless’.

    Katalina Balawanilotu Says:
    June 13, 2009 at 4:25 am

    That brand new Fiji must be military free.

    Dismantle this useless and costly institution
    Semi Meo
    Most of us have a chuckle when surfing “Fiji” pro or anti FMF Bainimarama blog sites. Seems they collude and connived to try fool us ordinary readers. Oh…and they promote each other. Worse offender is this esteemed column, REAL FIJI NEWS; in bashing RAW FIJI NEWS, SOLIVAKASAMA and others have promoted such sites to many of us you’ve never heard of ’em…well…thanks, for keeping to your true name to bring REAL RAW FIJI NEWS so all us may SOLIVAKASAMA towards so all us could return to be a one MATAVUVALE.COM one more time and sink the COUPFOURPOINTFIVE culture and other nasty BLOGS lurking around,!!

    Katalina Balawanilotu has always a worthy contributor to all things Fiji in numerous blog sites.

    However, in this instance we must totally refute her unqualified assertion. NO one condone Coups, by Military or Civilian elements, for any one whose got fire power or a bargains chip to execute any Coup. I recall refuting a similar view of hers in the now gagged Fiji Times Forum.

    The Fiji Military Brand is one of the most highly marketable commodity in the International peace monitoring sector; International Security in highly volatile theatres, Anti-terrorist Mercenaries market etc,etc,etc. It is rather paradoxical, though, that her reputation in these markets may have surged during Fiji’s Coup era, which is rather unfortunate. Amazingly, publicities intended for bad turns out to reap positive rewards.

    Again, Foreign remittance by Fiji residents, now our largest foreign earner, can not attribute only to Foreign Kaivitis. Record proves a major portion are from our solciers deployed abroad and former Military personal in private security assignments to military strategist in foreign Government of Anti Terrorist mercenaries.

    Just that whose gonna provide the thousands of soldier children bread, rice, and school bus fare should Delainabua be converted into a fortified mass prison for Coup apologists run by the Australasian Military Forces.

  4. AQuila // June 14, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Well here is another ophidian raising its head above the nations cesspit with its impaired mentality, yes Katalina let’s dismantle this useless institution and maybe establish one that is Fiji friendly what say a PANIKEKE SQUAD.
    Na Koro Boy // June 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Katalina Balawainilotu is from Lakeba Lau. She curreently works in China as a house girl. She is half tongan so what does hold dear to Fiji?? nothing perherps a solider jilted her. So she holds that against the military other than that she is as insignificant to Fiji as Ballu Khan is to NLTB!!
    Noob Saibot // June 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    It is a ridiculous thought – a country without a military is simply inviting trouble for itself.

    What are the citizens expected to do during times of strife? Lay down their tools and take up weapons?

    Just as one cannot make a fisherman a surgeon overnight, you cannot make a simple farmer a soldier.
    joey // June 15, 2009 at 12:01 am

    the fiji military has been aronnd for so long, it is world recomanded,so my advise to you idiots, take a good look at your self. before you start speaking shirt, luveni boci.
    joe // June 15, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Reason // June 15, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Funny that Katalina should talk about the military showing her lack of knowledge about its history and our history. If not for our rich military history we would not have defended the Pacific from the invading Japanese and not forged our first diplomatic relationships with NZ, Australia and the USA. USP is a remanant of our historical history with NZ. Many part European families begat from that experience.
    Apart from this rich and strong history of involvement in the various World Wars and being counted in the frontlines in the Pacific and Europe we have the Peace Keeping history from the mid 70s to now extending to various parts of the middle east, East Timor, Solomon islands, Parts of Africa, etc…. quite unequalled.

    Looking at demographics every Indigenous family and vasu has had at least in the last generation alone had 2 or 3 relative who has been in the army. Just need to visit homes to see the woven pictures of the last supper on the wall, woolen blankets from the middle east and family pics on the wall as testimony.

    So with this history and Katalina’s comments it does make the lady sound like a fart in the wind really.


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