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Army interview feedback flawed

Published:Monday | June 11, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I am a 23-year-old who recently applied to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). After doing so, I was called to do an entry test on November 24, 2011 and was successful.

On April 4 this year, I was called to do one of two medicals. I did all that was required of me. On May 16, 8:06 p.m., I was called by a female officer, on behalf of the JDF, saying, "You do not suit the Jamaica Defence Force," without any explanation.

It was very disturbing for me to hear the heartbreaking news from the office without an indication as to where I failed in the medical, whether it was a case of a curved spinal cord, or my chest cavity was not wide enough, or there was a problem with my blood.

From ever since, becoming a soldier was my dream. And seeing all of that going down the drain, with no one to give a reason why I was rejected, was gut-wrenching.

There needs to be greater transparency in the procedure of accepting and rejecting army recruits.