The Guyana Defence Force has welcomed an additional 223 new Private soldiers into its fold.
In a statement, the GDF said the new soliders completed 16 weeks of rigorous induction training, and have now officially joined the ranks of the Guyana Defence Force.
The recruits underwent various training modules designed to transform them from civilians to loyal, fit, obedient, and disciplined soldiers, with a high standard of infantry skills and marksmanship competency, the GDF said.
Commander of the First Infantry Battalion, Colonel Michael Shahoud, urged the soldiers to implement their training gains in all aspects of their lives.
He also reminded them that this stage marked both an ending and a beginning, emphasizing that there are many more skills and knowledge to acquire throughout their careers.
PTE Junior Willis was recognized as the Best Graduating Student and also received the Best Military Knowledge award.
Just recently, Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Omar Khan reminded the members of the military that the Force’s primary function is to defend the territorial integrity of Guyana.
The GDF has been monitoring a build up of Venezuelan troops near the Guyana border, amidst the neighbouring country’s ongoing claims of Guyana’s Essequibo region.