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GPM Teen Camp 2017 positively impacts youths

One hundred and nineteen youths, aged 14 to 16 years, from Regions 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10, enjoyed a brief stint away from their homes and were positively impacted, at the Guyana People's Militia 2017 Teen Camp, from August 22 through 26. This group included 17 members of the Council of Friends of New Amsterdam (COFONA) under the leadership of Mr. Lincon Williams.

Following some basic regimentation to ensure that they understood and appreciated the disciplined environment, the youths were engaged in learning National Policy and Basic Jungle Survival Skills.

They also had regular Physical Training sessions which were designed to enhance their levels of fitness.  The GPM Teen Camp, is designed to allow youths from all over Guyana to benefit from the opportunity to see a part of their country they might otherwise never had, to socialise, and to begin a process of learning about the GPM and its role in the society. In addition, the Camp forms the incubator for their involvement as young patriots. In this regard, they gain an understanding of the importance of defending Guyana from internal and external threats. Further, the Camp helps them gain a greater appreciation of the military, and also lays the foundation for their consideration of careers in the military after they complete secondary education. 

Twenty-Six soldiers successfully complete Grade III Finance Course

Twenty six soldiers, are better equipped to function effectively and efficiently as Grade Three Finance Clerks, in any unit of the Guyana Defence Force, following their successful completion of the Grade Three Finance Course 2017.

PTE Rod Jeffrey of the 31 Special Forces graduated Best Student, while the Runner-Up Student award went to PTE Osama Mc Calman.

The graduation ceremony was held at the Lecture Hall at Base Camp Ayanganna, earlier today.

GDF/UG partnership to transform Officer Cadet training

The Guyana Defence Force, in a major shift, for effective transformation for total national defence, is embarking on an initiative to significantly upgrade its training of Officer Cadets. The Force is introducing an Associate Degree in General Studies, as a compulsory element on the Officer Cadets' road to officership. 

 

This initiative, is set to commence with the next cohort of Cadets on Standard Officers Course Number 50, and  is being undertaken in partnership with the University of Guyana. 

To this end, the GDF and the University of Guyana have held preliminary discussions regarding the move to enhance the training of the Officer Cadets.

In a follow up move, Brigadier West invited UG Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith and his team to visit the training facilities at the Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer Cadet School at Base Camp Stephenson, on May 19. There, the visitors benefited from a briefing regarding the use and administration of the facilities, which was followed by a tour.

 
 

GDF supports CDC to bring relief to flood-hit Region 8

Guyana Defence Force troops, have several reasons to be proud of what they do in service to Guyana and their countrymen. One such reason, is that collectively, they are involved in activities which engender nation building and national development. This was evident recently when Officers and Ranks of the Guyana Defence Force, robustly engaged with the Civil Defence Commission, to bring relief to residents of Region Eight communities which were severely impacted by flooding as a result of heavy rainfall.

Among other functions, GDF troops on the ground were performing damage assessment and delivering much needed supplies of food and other items, in order to alleviate the hardship which residents faced as a result of the flooding.

In 2016, flooding on the Coastland triggered a similar response. Similarly, in 2011, a major flood hazard in Region 9 saw a coordinated effort to bring relief to the citizens there. Most memorable, are the floods which hit the coastland in 2005, which saw extensive and comprehensive relief efforts to positively impact the lives of thousands of Guyanese who suffered during that time.

In every instance, GDF troops gave yeoman service to their fellow Guyanese. The GDF will continue to be involved since it exists in “Service” to the people of Guyana.

 

10 graduate as Platoon Commanders

First tier leadership for Officers - at the Platoon level, has been enhanced, as 10 Second Lieutenants are now equipped to apply GDF doctrines and to command a Platoon in peace time and in combat. The ten successfully completed the the Platoon Commanders' Course Number 25.

Deputy Chief of Staff Colonel Nazrul Hussain, who delivered the feature address, presented Second Lieutenant Rawle Lord with the Best Student award. Meanwhile, Second Lieutenant Garvon Douglas emerged as the Runner-Up to the Best Graduating Student, and was presented with his award by Staff Officer One General Five (ag) Major Michael Shaoud.

The closing ceremony for the course was held at the Jaguar Lecture Hall at Training Corps, Base Camp Stephenson on May 9.