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DIPLOMA AND ITE GRADUATES: ONE RACE TO THE TOP

What I’m saying is, if this country is serious about real shift in attitudes for diploma and ITE graduands, they should remove these glass ceilings and create rejuvenated energy for the climbing workers to move as high and as fast as they can! It is exciting to realise that you may have the ability to qualify for the position of a CEO or director!

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Image, Identity and Talking Cock in the SAF

I overheard some young officers expressing their frustration at how older officers mangle the English language by their insistence on misusing words, or making up their own words. "Why do they keep using words like delayering or invidious or spiral", the youngsters lamented. I experienced such a strong sense of deja vu, to my early years in the SAF, and I thought, I've been there. My own personal list of pet peeves includes words like revert, agnostic, irregardless and operationalise. I felt so strongly about it that I actually wrote an essay on this, almost a decade ago. (Well, we were all forced to write essays anyway, so I figured I might as well write something I felt passionate about. This also explains the formal language used.) And I figured this is the best way to share it with them, and others.

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