UPDATED: JDF starts recruitment drive
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is embarking on an islandwide recruitment drive that should see young men and women turning up at various recruitment centres across the island. The recruitment drive will will start today, March 6, and run until March 14.
The schedule is as follows:
- Monday, March 6 - Tuesday, March 7: Whitehorne Barracks, Port Maria.
(For residents of the parishes of St Ann, St Mary, and Portland only).
- Thursday, March 9 - Friday, March 10: Burke Barracks, Montego Bay
(For residents of Trelawny, St James and Hanover)
- Monday, March 13 - Tuesday, March 14: Forster Barracks, Mandeville
(For residents of Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth, and Westmoreland)
Residents of the parishes of Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, and St Thomas will be accommodated at a date to be announced.
The JDF is urging persons not to show up at recruiting locations that are outside of their parishes, as they will not be processed.
Applicants are being advised to fill out the JDF application form online at www.jointhejdf.com before heading to any of the recruitment centres.
Persons 18-23 years old are welcome to apply. Individuals up to 25 years old, with tertiary qualifications, are also encouraged to apply. Each applicant must be unmarried and a Jamaican citizen.
"It's a wonderful career, and you get to serve your country. A time like this when the country's national security problems are front and centre, I think it's admirable that any young man or woman would want to get involved in trying to change that outcome," said Major Basil Jarrett, head of the JDF's Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Unit.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that tertiary educated persons 25 years and older were being invited to apply. Those tertiary educated persons being invited are in fact individuals up to 25 years old.)