250 young people recruited by JDF
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that come November, an additional 250 young people will be recruited by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) under the Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC).
He said the new recruits will represent the second cohort drafted under the JNSC, which is the JDF's new intake mechanism, following an initial 234 young people who graduated on September 23, after 13 weeks of training.
The prime minister advised that unlike the first cohort, which had no females, "We certainly have women in the next intake."
Holness was providing an update on the JNSC in a statement delivered during Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives.
He said the 13-week training exercise represented the first of five phases comprising a year-long programme for the initial recruits.
He pointed out that areas covered in the curriculum under Phase One included discipline, military service knowledge, barracks room procedures, physical fitness and conditioning, foot and arms drills, basic field craft/adventure training, map reading, basic first aid, and basic signals.
The prime minister reiterated that the JNSC, that was established following an amendment to the Defence Act, which he tabled in Parliament in March, is a critical component of the JDF's employment and engagement strategy.