The Officer strength of the Guyana Defence Force received a boost on Wednesday with the Commissioning of eleven new Officers at State House.
The new 2nd lieutenants recently completed the Standard Officers’ Course.
President David Granger presented the eleven Officers comprising of a lone female, with their Instruments of Commission and briefly recounted his own experience when he took the same oath in 1966 when he became an officer.
The GDF Officers took turns pledging before the President and Senior Officers that they will bear true faith and allegiance to Guyana, support the Defence of the state against all enemies while honouring and upholding the constitution of Guyana without, fear or favor, affection or ill will.
The Head of State told the Officers that this is perhaps the most sacred ceremony to becoming an officer and urged them to recognize and acknowledge the important rite of passage.
President Granger said the ranks now have a special responsibility to uphold the Defence Act and the laws of Guyana.
“This parchment is not a graduation certificate… it is a lawful license which enables you to perform your functions,” he added.
He said the responsibility is not only to exercise authority over subordinates but also to obey superiors.
President Granger told the ranks to recommit to duty, discipline, identity, integrity and loyalty.
Receiving their instruments of commission were Terrence De Peana, Berachah Garret, Hanisi Chandler, John Cho-Yee, Brian Canterbury, Joshua Walcott, Gerald Gomes, Travis Marcellino, Brandi Johnson, Rodwin Paul and Czerda Frank.
The Officers joined the President, Senior Officer and members of the government for lunch just after the ceremony at State House.
They will attend a passing out parade at Camp Ayangana later today.