Colonel Muhammad Wata bin Abdullah Awat began his military career when he enlisted as a recruit in Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) on 8 April 1996, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant on 18 October 1996.
Throughout his service, he has held various appointments such as Platoon Commander at Second Battalion Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF), Mortar Platoon Commander at Third Battalion RBLF, Officer in Command of Second Battalion RBLF, Second-in-Command of Second Battalion RBLF and later as the Commanding Officer of Second Battalion RBLF.
Colonel Muhammad Wata represented RBAF as part of an International Monitoring Team in Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines from 01 September 2006 until 24 September 2007, and later had the opportunity to be appointed as a Defence Attaché in the Republic of the Philippines from 2017 unitl 2020. Upon returning to Brunei Darussalam, Colonel Muhammad Wata was appointed as the Director of Personnel, Directorate of Personnel at the Ministry of Defence. As of 20 October 2022, he took command as Deputy Commander of Royal Brunei Land Force.
He has, amongst others, attended courses and seminars both locally and overseas which includes the Platoon Commander Battle Course in United Kingdom, the 109th Basic Airborne in Singapore in 1998, 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander Course in United Kingdom, Grade 2 Command and Staff Course in Australia in 2010, Command and Staff Course in 2012 and the 13th Executive Development Program on Public Policy and Management in 2016.
Colonel Muhammad Wata is married to Lieutenant Colonel Siti Norlelawati binti Hj Emran and is blessed with three daughters and one son. He is an avid sportsman, playing badminton, football, volleyball, and particularly enjoys fishing.