THE Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has managed to inspire a total of 311 youngsters to join its fold during its recent recruitment drive.According to a release from the Army, the new batch of recruits departed Base Camp Ayanganna on Friday for the Colonel John Clarke Military School at Tacama, in Berbice, and Base Camp Seweyo on the Linden Highway to undergo the Basic Recruit Training.
Two hundred-and-eleven of them will undergo training at Tacama, whilst the remainder will be trained at Seweyo.
The Basic Recruit Course, the Army explained, is geared to provide induction training for entrants at the Ordinary Rank level, and intended to produce fit, obedient, loyal and disciplined soldiers who possess high standards of academic and military skills.
Following a rigorous 10-week training programme, those who were able to keep up with it will then be eligible to join their brothers in arms.
The recruitment process, the second for the year, the Army said, commenced in June, and responses were received from applicants countrywide. The process lasted approximately two months, during which period the potential recruits were screened and tested during number of academic, physical and medical evaluations.
Those who were successful were then interviewed by a select panel prior to their being selected for Basic Training.
The Army says it remains resolute in satisfying its Constitutional mandate while at the same time affording young, able-bodied citizens the opportunity to serve Guyana and build a worthwhile career.