July 8, 2020, 10.36 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo called on prospective junior officers for the Indonesian Military and National Police Academy 2020 to uphold the state’s ideologies and carry out extraordinary work in addressing change.

“Future Indonesian Military and National Police junior officers must have an extraordinary mentality and work ethic. Nothing that is standard. They must be intelligent and quick on their feet in addressing change,” Jokowi said in his online address to the prospective junior officers (capaja) at the Bogor Palace on July 8.

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“We cannot continue thinking normally nor can we work only by watching. We cannot settle for average competencies,” he added.

Jokowi acknowledged the strong discipline, mastery, and skills developed by the new batch of prospective junior officers over the past four years.

Completing the academy was no easy feat for the future junior officers, he said, noting thought that their upcoming challenge will be more dynamic, difficult, and complex than before.

Age of disruption

Jokowi stressed on the need for the military world to keep pace with the rapid changes in technology that are impacting daily life. He noted how the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated automation processes, artificial intelligence, and the use of big data.

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“Military technology is also rapidly progressing. The latest military technology combines weaponry instruments with manmade intelligence, automation technology, and sensory technology. These elements create sophisticated remote sensing technology. Quantum computation has also been directed towards the creation of an autonomous weapons system and cyber defense.” 

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