This book describes the desire of the author to serve the country as a career military officer in the Regiment of Engineers while at the same time achieving the pinnacle of academic success—his Ph.D. He has to balance his military responsibilities with his academic desires. At the end of it all, he fulfilled his military obligation and achieved his Ph.D. after nearly 50 years. His rigorous training in the army equipped him with a very high level of discipline, resilience, and motivation. He earned the very rare distinction of being a student at a public university at the age of 75, while at the same time, his three children were doing bachelor's degrees in different parts of the world.
The author received his early education from the very prestigious Royal Military College at Sungei Besi, Malaysia. He then attended a one-year officer cadet course, and on completion, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Engineers by the Supreme Commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces, who was also the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. He was then sent to Australia and the United States of America, where he obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). As a young engineer officer, he served as a military engineer in the Field Squadron as well as a staff officer doing administrative, management, and operational jobs in the Ministry of Defence. He then attended the Armed Forces Staff College, and upon graduation, he was posted as Staff Officer Grade 2 in various positions in the Ministry of Defence. He took time off to study Computers Science at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He graduated with a Master's degree in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence). After his Master's degree, he developed the Army Personnel System and the War Simulation System. While developing the War Simulation System, he was attached to the Australian and New Zealand Military Forces. Later, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel's rank and served as Commander of the Royal Regiment of Engineers, First Infantry Division. While still in the army, he has always dreamt of achieving a PhD, but his workload in the army does not permit him to further his studies. Finally, he was honourably discharged from the army. It was then that he decided to do a PhD at UiTM. He has now completed his Ph.D., and to him, he has accomplished the supposed mission that was almost impossible.