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GDF athletes rewarded for stellar performances throughout 2015

Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips, today rewarded members of the GDF Athletics team for the delivery of consistent and sterling performances during 2015; in particular, for retaining the Inter-Services Annual Athletics Championship (ISAAC) title.

Brigadier General Philips congratulated the athletes, their Coaches, and the team’s Management for the team’s outstanding performance during 2015 including ISAAC 2015. “All of you gave of your best. You trained and dedicated yourselves to delivering the victory for the Force even when the odds were against you. I am proud of you, the entire GDF is proud of you, even the past members including Chiefs of Staffs are proud of you!” he said. “As we recognise your sterling performances and award you this incentive, I encourage you to continue training. Continue to commit yourselves to excellence as the 2016 edition of the ISAAC, will present challenges but I expect you to be victorious. I am also hopeful that some of our athletes will qualifying for the Olympics this year,” he said. “You are aware, swimming was added to last year’s ISAAC, and in our preparations this year, a Swimming Coach will be hired to boost our representation in this field. This is not only to enhance our performance at the Joint Services Championship, but also to have swimmers compete at various local and regional competitions.

Recognition for the outstanding performances were also noted, and the athletes who gained special mention for their ISAAC performances were: Champion Female, Recruit Natrena Hooper; Runner Up Champion Female, Recruit Aniqua Powley; Runner Up Champion Male, Petty Officer Leslain Baird; Champion Male Swimmer, Corporal Noel Culpepper;

Recruit Damon Williams, who broke the Triple Jump record; Reservist Tenesha Cort, who broke the Javelin and Discus records; 100m Champion, Lance Corporal Akeem Stewart; 800m Champion, Reservist Wayne Harlequin; Long Distance Champion, Recruit Andrea Foster, and, Sergeant Tyshon Bentick who placed second and third in the 5000m and the 1500m respectively.

Youths Responding Well to Recruitment

The ongoing Recruitment process to date, has thus far attracted Five hundred eighty-seven of the country’s youth who have indicated an interest in being trained to become soldiers in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).

The GDF started its 2016 Recruitment process on Monday, January 10, 2016 with the aim of attracting able bodied youths, and allowing them the opportunity to serve Guyana and at the same time, build a worthwhile career in the Force.

The Force’s Administration is optimistic about this development, and sees it as a testimony to the fact that the Guyana Defence Force continues to be a strong national institution in which the people of Guyana repose their confidence.

The interested applicants are documented as they present themselves, then issued with a Potential Recruit Service Number, before they are exposed to the Force’s Recruit Entrance Examination. However, those applicants with Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) qualifications as well as those in possession of Technical Certificates are exempted from writing this Examination. Following the academic assessment, all of the applicants are required to undergo a physical assessment. On completion of these assessments, the Potential Recruits are informed within 48 hours of their respective results. Those who are successful, are then invited to be interviewed by the Recruitment Board, and on the successful completion of the interview, the Potential Recruit is subjected to a complete medical evaluation. Once deemed fit, they are then subjected to a rigorous character vetting process.                 

The Basic Recruit Course provides induction training for entrants at the Ordinary Rank level, and is meant to produce fit, obedient, loyal and disciplined soldiers who possess the foundational skills for service in the GDF.


Operation Dragnet Exercise

The Joint Services wishes to inform the public that under “Operation Dragnet” ranks of the Joint Services will be involved in an exercise between 0600 hrs. and 1800 hrs. daily tomorrow Wednesday, January 13, 2016, and Thursday, January 14, 2016.
The exercise will be conducted in the Timehri, EBD, area and its environs.
There will be the movement of Joint Services personnel and pyrotechnics will be used which will result in periodical loud explosions. Members of the public are asked not to be alarmed during the period of the exercise.

Midshipman Carlos Moore gains top award on CGYOC #4

Five Officers of the Coast Guard Young Officers'Course (CGYOC) #4  graduated on today, at the headquarters of the GDF Coast Guard Training School in Kingston. Of the five, 999187 Midshipman Carlos Moore emerged the Best Graduating Student. 


Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel George Lewis delivered the charge to the graduates. 



Defence Headquarters wishes to notify the public that the late Sergeant Robert Pyle, a member of the Intelligence Unit of the Guyana Defence Force, was deployed on a legitimate operation in support of the Special Organized Crime Unit, (SOCU) on Wednesday December 30, 2015.

It is normal for the Guyana Defence Force to support the Law Enforcement and Regulatory Agencies of Guyana in operational activities, especially at this time, as part of OPERATION DRAGNET.

Defence Headquarters once again takes this opportunity to offer condolences to the Families of Sergeant Robert Pyle, Mrs Stacy Pyle and Mr Linden Eastman who all lost their lives in the vehicular accident of last Wednesday Evening.