PNG Defence Force Commander Major General Gilbert Toropo urged the officers to stay focus and always upheld their duties to serve the country.
“I want to say that this is a long journey we are taking since 2016 and the journey we took has been very good.
“However, in 2019, we were struck with COVID-19 and this has disturbed the way we were progressing.
“Your appointments are very challenging at this time,”
Toropo said the Defence Council and NEC had to go through a tough process to identify officers for these key positions.