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The fortunes of the Guyana Defence Force football fraternity were significantly enhanced, with the GDF male and female teams delivering superlative performances, resulting in historic double championship titles being snagged. 

To this end, the GDF now rules the roost of the STAG/ELITE League (male competition) having dethroned Fruta Conquerors in the league finals. Additionally, the GDF female team is copped top honours at the conclusion of the Guyana Football Federation's (GFF) inaugural Women's Development League Competition.

Chief of Staff, Brigadier Patrick West, together with all Officers, Other Ranks and Civilian employees of the GDF, congratulate both the Male and Female teams of the Force on their historic wins at both the STAG/Elite League and the Guyana Football Federation's inaugural Women's Development League competitions.

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GDF well-received at Region 3 Career Fair

The Guyana Defence Force was well received at the Career Fair which was held at the Leonora Technical and Vocational Training Centre, on the West Coast of Demerara, on March 16. The fair was sponsored by the Region 3 administration, and focused on exposing secondary school students in the Region, to Guyanese organisations and institutions at which they could embark on promising careers, upon the completion of their secondary education.

Scores of students from various schools in the area, visited the booth set up by the GDF. There, they were able to gain knowledge about various Units in the Force, and visit the displays of several items of kit and equipment used across the GDF.

With the help of personnel from the GDF Medical Corps, many of the visitors benefited from blood pressure testing and blood group identification.

The GDF's participation at the Career Fair, is as a result of its statecraft partnership with the Ministry of Education, which is geared toward educating and sensitising school students about the role and responsibility of the GDF to the nation.

Photography, by Lance Corporal Hannaniah Warde, of the G5 Branch.

DHQ and BC(S) winners at 2017 Inter-Unit Basketball Competition

Defence Headquarters (DHQ) roundly trounced the 31 Special Forces/21 Artillery Combined Team 72-49, to win the Male Champions title, when the 2017 Inter-Unit Basketball tournament concluded at Base Camp Ayanganna, on March 7 last. The Base Camp Stephenson ladies defeated their counterparts from Base Camp Ayanganna to take the Female Champions title.
The 31 Special Forces/21 Artillery Combined Team finished in second place, with the Coast Guard securing the third place finish. 
Meanwhile, Private Renaldo Niles was adjudged the Male MVP, while Lance Corporal Fomba Ramsay copped the Female MVP award.  
Chief of Staff Brigadier Patrick West congratulates all the participating teams, and encourages them to keep training hard, in order that they will either retain their titles, or unseat the current champions at the next tournament.
Photography by Private Kenneth Gaskin of the G5 Branch.


The 2017 training cycle in the Guyana Defence Force, has kicked in to high gear with the commencement of several military courses. At the induction level, the Basic Recruit Course (BRC) 2017-01 was formally opened by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Nazrul Hussain, MSM, on February 25. Two hundred and thirty four recruits are in training on the BRC.

Other courses currently underway are the Platoon Commanders Course, the Drill Instructors Course, the Senior Leaders Course, the Junior Leaders Course, a Grade Three Medical Assistants Course, and a Grade Two Military Intelligence Course.  Unlike the BRC, these courses are mandatory professional development courses for Officers and Other Ranks.

Following induction training, Officers and Ranks of the Force must complete a series of developmental courses that focus on particular knowledge and skills transfer, which prepare them for service in particular appointments throughout their careers.

While exposing the Officers and Ranks to the rudiments of supervision and management, the courses also include modules which enhance some aspects of their induction training. In the main, however, these courses are primarily geared toward delivering knowledge specific to a department role in which the individual is expected to function. For example, the Medical Assistants' Course, is meant to prepare candidates to deliver professional service in the Medical Corps. The Junior Leaders Course, prepares Acting Lance Corporals and some senior Privates for their roles as Junior Non-Commissioned Officers (JNCOs). Across the Force, these ranks function as support staff to Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (Sergeants, Staff Sergeants and Warrant Officers).

Meanwhile, a number Ranks have commenced vocational training, while some Officers and Ranks are continuing various educational programmes at tertiary and vocational level.

Training is the life blood of the GDF. In this regard, the Guyana Defence Force will continue to provide opportunities for its Officers and Ranks to develop their military capabilities and expertise, while also enabling their access to training which will impact their professional and personal development.

GDF/FNG partnership on Suicide Prevention positively impacts stakeholders

The Guyana Defence Force and the Florida National Guard (FNG) have once again joined efforts to address the issue of suicide in our Guyana. Various aspects of the phenomenon were highlighted and discussed during a conference, which was held from February 28 to March 3, at the St. Francis Community Developers Conference Room, at Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Region 6.

The event, dubbed the Force Resilience and Suicide Prevention Conference, saw primary inputs by Force Welfare Officer, Reserve Captain Deon Heyligar, Captain Hill of the US Embassy, and Lieutenant Matos and Staff Sergeant Lucas of the Florida National Guard.

Four officers and 22 ranks of the GDF attended and participated at the conference. Other participants, all drawn from the Region, included mental health professionals, teachers, school’s Welfare Officers, members of the Guyana Police Force, Welfare Officers from the Regional administration, and members of several NGOs.

Although the main purpose of the conference was to assist the GDF in developing a tactical program that applies to its military operations concerning suicide prevention and resilience, the involvement of other stakeholders was deemed necessary, in order to empower the Region 6 community with regard to aspects of the societally debilitating phenomenon. Such empowerment is necessary across all communities in order to educate citizens, and, in particular, first responders  to acts of suicide.

According to Captain Heyligar, the conference was a huge success from the standpoint of the eagerness and involvement of all the participants present. “The programme was highly interactive. While there were “talks” regarding elements of suicide, during which a lot of information was disseminated, participants also engaged in a lot of role play exercises and vibrant discourse,” she said. “It was a joy to see the interactions between such a large group of people who, by the end of the event had “bonded’ on one level or another. The content was delivered with clarity which was facilitated by lots of questions from the participants A lot of misconceptions  were clarified.”

The Officers and Ranks attending the conference were from the Coast Guard, the Guyana People’s Militia and the Coastal Battalion. Each of the Units has a presence in the Region, and as such some of the ranks may have had “contact’ with the phenomenon either directly or by association. In this regard, the information they gleaned at the conference is likely to empower them to act responsibly when treating with occurrences of suicide in their communities. It is envisaged that more such conferences will be hosted in the future.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2014, Guyana had a suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000 person and that for every female suicide, there were 3.2 male suicides. By comparison, neighbouring Suriname had a suicide rate of 27.8 per 100,000. Venezuela's rate of 2.6 per 100,000 is the lowest in the region.

The Guyana Defence Force continues to partner with its military counterparts and local stakeholders to positively impact all Guyanese.