JDF recruitment drive bringing out hundreds

March 08, 2017
Applicants complete the tests as they vie for a place in the nation's army.

Hundreds of young people from across St Ann, St Mary, and Portland travelled to the Whitehorne Barracks in Port Maria, St Mary, on Monday, as the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) kicked off its eight-day national recruitment drive.

According to Major Oneil Bogle, the campaign, which runs until next Tuesday, started well with around 350 young adults showing up, having already completed their application forms.

"We are about to increase our size and strength, and would like to engage people across the entire country, and so we're here today, looking at the eastern parishes. We'll be back here tomorrow (Tuesday), and then on Thursday and Friday, we'll be in Montego Bay for the people in Trelawny, St James, and Hanover".

AndrÈ Siceard, an applicant who had finished the examinations, said the procedure had been long-winded, but pretty straightforward.

The 19-year-old St Mary resident said: "I came today because I want to serve my country and to wear the uniform because there's a certain prestige that comes with that uniform."

Another candidate, 20-year-old Rajaughn Saunders from St Ann, said: "I came here because from a young age I always wanted to be a soldier. It's important to serve and protect your country from outside attacks and anything else that's going on. And I like the roughness, so I think the military is for me."

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