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Guyana recruits over 1,600 for People’s Militia

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 2:54 PM

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Minister of State Joseph Harmon reported that 1,608 persons have been recruited to the resuscitated Guyana People’s Militia.

Harmon made the disclosure in the National Assembly, in response to a question posed by the Opposition.

He said the individuals were recruited at various levels, are between the ages of 18 and 35 and are physically and mentally stable for entry.

Special consideration is given to highly-skilled retired military personnel and skilled professionals, the minister said.

Additionally, recruitment teams are deployed to the various regions to sensitise persons on the programme and to recruit those interested.

Advertisements have been placed on social media, radio, television, and flyers have been distributed to attract interest.

Officers are required to attend specialised training three times per week in the regions.

That training entails personal drills, map reading and navigation, jungle and weapons training, internal security, national policy and more.

They are paid $2,829 per day.

Harmon stressed that people are not forced to join the Militia but do so of their own free will.

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