JDF has 199 new soldiers
One hundred and ninety-nine new soldiers have been added to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The army welcomed men to its ranks at a recent passing out parade at the Montague Training Camp in St Ann.
The recruits completed 26 weeks of instruction in the theories and knowledge of the JDF, including intensive practical training in a variety of skills under varying conditions and in different locations.
Minister of National Security Robert Montague told the new soldiers that they were being called upon to give their best in service to the country and their fellow citizens.
He noted that the emphasis on theory and practice in military procedures was a commendable feature of the training offered by the JDF.
"It ensures that those who successfully complete the programme enter regular service as rounded, knowledgeable, and field-tested soldiers," he pointed out.
Noting that he recently participated in a similar graduation exercise for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Montague said the Government intended to explore new ways of utilising "this valuable pool of resources in our mission to expedite the social and economic development of the country".
Chief of Defence Staff Major General Antony Anderson, in welcoming the soldiers, noted that they have been given one of the greatest honours, "that of serving your country as soldiers of the JDF".
He reminded them that the army profession was built on a foundation of trust and they were expected to acquit themselves admirably at all times and with respect and regard for their fellow men.
"The trust we have earned from the Jamaican people has to be constantly re-enforced by our conduct and through our interaction. Jamaica has entrusted us with her defence and with the defence of our fellow countrymen, to whom we are always accountable," he said.