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JDF goes after at-risk youths

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is to target at-risk youths with a significant amendment to its employment and engagement strategy.

The Defence Board has given the JDF the green light to introduce a National Service Enlistment (NSE) Program.

This program will be geared towards diversifying the scope of the JDF’s impact on the social and economic well being of the nation and is in keeping with Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ employment and engagement initiative termed LEGS.

The initiative announced by Holness is aimed at increasing employment and engagement of young persons in a national service programme that allows them to Learn, Earn a living, Give back to society and Save (LEGS).

According to Major Basil Jarrett, Civil Military Cooperation Officer for the JDF, “the NSE is a new category of military service which will see approximately 1,000 persons aged 18-23, being enlisted in the JDF annually and trained over a one-year period in military, vocational and broader life skills.

“At the end of their NSE training period, the majority of the participants will be accepted to join the JDF as regular soldiers, while others will be eligible candidates for employment in the private and public sectors.”