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'Stick to core values' - Malahoo Forte urges JDF recruits to always be courageous, choose right

Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer
Marlene Malahoo Forte, attorney general, inspecting recruits at the passing-out parade at the Moneague Training Camp, St Ann, on Saturday.
Jamaica Defence Force recruits at the passing-out parade held at the Moneague Training Camp, St Ann on Saturday.

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte has urged new Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) recruits to be courageous and to abide by the core principles of the JDF, which include discipline, integrity, honour, commitment, and loyalty.

Malahoo Forte was reviewing officer and guest speaker at the passing-out parade for 226 recruits and five potential officers who completed the 14-week programme at the Moneague Training Camp in St Ann on Saturday afternoon.

The programme started in November last year with 250 people, including 42 women, and focused on several aspects of training, including military service knowledge, basic first aid, and weapons handling.

"In the past few weeks, the core values of the JDF would have been instilled in you - discipline, integrity, honour, commitment, courage, and loyalty. These are values that we so urgently need to see more of in society as we progress towards increased levels of peace and productivity," Malahoo Forte stated.

"It takes courage to be law abiding and disciplined in a society where lawlessness and indiscipline are so rampant. I urge you to let the JDF core values become guiding principles in your life, and may you always have the courage to make the right decision, avoiding any behaviour that would threaten your ability to take up opportunities that may be offered to you in the future. Having this courage will set you apart for the right reason."




Malahoo Forte urged families to support the recruits "as they strive to adhere to these core values".

Malahoo Forte noted that one of the significant aspects of the parade was that it marked the passing out of the second cohort of women under the Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC), which was established in 2007.

The JNSC was established in 2007 as part of Government's Housing, Opportunity, Pro-duction and Employment programme and aims to provide educational and job oppor-tunities for young people.

Family members and friends from across Jamaica turned out to support their loved ones.