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Posted by Editor (Wendy) on Jul 19 2017 at 3:00 PM
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The brainchild of Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, the National Service Corps (NSC) programme aims to create an avenue for young people, ages 18 to 23, to be fully empowered through national service.

Over a one-year period, the youngsters will undergo a modified version of the JDF’s traditional basic military training and receive on-the-job instruction in various aspects of the JDF’s operations such as the Coast Guard, Air Wing and engineering.  They will also benefit from vocational and life skills training.

Upon completion, the participants will be given the opportunity to continue on as soldiers in the JDF or join the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Department of Correctional Services or become security guards.

The NSC recruits will be remunerated accordingly, be separate in identity and fully provided for in law.


During an interview, Media Affairs Officer at the JDF, Lieutenant Aaron Gabriel, explains that interested persons will have to fulfil the requisite medical requirements and pass an entrance test to participate in the programme.  “We require that the persons be free from any disability.  They must have perfect vision, not colour blind, don’t have asthma or any other ailments that may prevent them from being able to go through the rigours of training,” he informs.

Lt. Gabriel notes that the aim is to train 1,000 persons per year, with 250 persons per cohort.  “While the first cohort is in training, recruitment is going on for the second cohort.  So at any point in time, we would have at least two cohorts in training.  The JDF is always recruiting.  If someone wants to apply, they can go to our website which is and just click on the link that says join the JDF,” Lt. Gabriel points out, informing that the training provided under the NSC programme is broken down into three phases.


During phase one, participants will undergo basic military training such as first aid, foot drill, military tactics and land navigation. Recruits will also be exposed to stress management, harassment training, conflict resolution and financial management.

“During the second phase of the training, they will be introduced to different employment opportunities within the JDF such as engineering, working at the Air Wing, working at the JDF Coast Guard. While they are doing this on-the-job training, they would be brought up to speed with technical skills required to operate within the areas,” Lt. Gabriel said.

“For the third phase, they would really be putting everything that they would have learned over the prior two phases into action and having a more hands-on experience within the force,” Lt. Gabriel  explained, adding that the NSC can be seen as an avenue through which persons can provide direction in their life or serve their country.

The NSC is part of the Learn, Earn, Give Back and Save (LEGS) Programme, which aims to assist young people who, by virtue of their circumstances, have become unattached.  The programme falls under the Government’s Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) initiative, targeting job and training opportunities for unattached young people.