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The Guyana Defence Force (GDF), this morning, officially concluded its First Phase of Work-study attachment for 146 youths drawn from several city schools, the Youth Entrepreneurial Skills Training Programme and the Government Technical Institute.
A simple ceremony was held in honour of the students who have all successfully completed the five - week stint. Their attachment was geared towards exposing them to the professional and discipline environment, while at the same time encouraging them to garner general workplace experience.
Staff Officer One, General Five, Major Delbert George, who is tasked with overall responsibility of the Force’s work-study programme, thanked the students for their service over the period and even encouraged them to consider a career with the GDF.

Some of the students with their certificates

“As it is stated in Chapter 15:01, one of the roles of the GDF is to contribute to the economic development of this country. It is with this in mind, that we have forged these partnerships, which have allowed you to be exposed to some of the work we do in the GDF. You should use the experience gained here to ensure you elevate yourselves in your respective choice of profession,” he told the students. Major George also told the students that the Guyana Defence Force is proud to have contributed to their initial work experience.
“May you use this exposure, the knowledge and friendships you have gained during this period to your advantage. Thank you for choosing the GDF for your work-study attachment … We have had former work study students return and are now part of the GDF. You are also welcomed,” he added.
Kernel Williams, a student of the Government Technical Institute was attached to the Refrigeration Workshop at Base Camp Ayanganna. He was one of the many students that were fortunate to have been placed in his field of study. “I have gained a wealth of knowledge during my stint here. It was very interesting. I learnt how to straighten a compressor, service an air-conditioning unit and how to troubleshoot an unservicable refrigerator."
From left Staff Sergeant Rayon Bailey, 2Lt Noel August, Major Delbert George, Major Earl Edghill and Sergeant Kessa Massiah with the studentsThough she intends to pursue a career in Law, President’s College’s student, Colly-Ann Meredith gained valuable experience in the field of Finance during her stint with the Finance Department of the Guyana Defence Force. “I always figured that business was a bit difficult so I hesitated to choose it as my area of study. However, now that I have experienced it at the GDF, I realise how nice this field is. I have learnt how to write cheques, prepare a balance sheet and how to prepare payment vouchers. Most of all I learnt a little about military life through interaction with its personnel. The staff were great and my experience was good,” she stated.
Rashida Pickering, a student of McKenzie High School has been travelling each day from Linden to be part of the work-study experience at the Guyana Defence Force. She is proceeding on a career in medicine and as such her placement at the Medical Centre was fitting. “My experience was great. I was rotated in the different areas of the Medical Centre but I enjoyed the Pharmacy the most. I learnt how to read and interpret prescriptions. That is something I was always interested in. This stint will be helpful to my future endeavours,” she added.
Tyron Rhamanohar of the North Georgetown Secondary School was mostly pleased with his interaction with the military. “I am considering a career with the military and the experiences I have garnered here has given me a little more insight of some of what I could expect. I have learnt a lot about the military and some of what I could endure should I choose to enlist. My five -week stink has been rewarding. The GDF is serious business,” he asserted.

Education Officer Captain Oral Thom with students of the Kuru Kuru Training Centre who also completed workstudy attachment in the first phase

“Understanding the rank structure of the military was interesting for me. I assisted the personnel of the General Personnel Department with filing and updating of files. I also learnt about the recruitment process. The GDF presented to me, a different kind of experience as this organisation is one of a kind. I enjoyed my stint,” stated Stephon John also of the North Georgetown Secondary School.
Phase Two of the Work-study attachment programme commences on Monday July 18th  and will cater for more students of city schools, The Guyana Industrial Training Centre, the GTI as well as the Morgan’s Training Centre. Phase Two will conclude on August 26th.
The Force’s association with the work study programme over the years has resulted in the establishment of partnerships that have been of benefit to many young people who, prior to attachment, would have, of necessity, been considering other career choices.
The opportunities available in the GDF are now known to many students who have experienced the work ethic of the Force.


Just out of a successful match against Trinidad and Tobago to win the South Zone of the Rugby America’s North World Cup Qualifier, the soldiers on the National Rugby team are now eagerly awaiting their next game, with high expectations.
Corporals Patrick King, Dwayne Schroeder and Cyon Kit and LCPL Avery Corbin and PTE Troyton Braithwaite have all agreed that the team controlled the game at the beginning but later made some errors which caused their opponents to shine in the first half. “So thereafter we pulled our weight and in the end we came out victorious.”
CPL Schroeder said he expected a tougher game and added that he felt that the team had strayed away somewhat from its game plan temporarily, thus allowing Trinidad the advantage they had in the initial stages of the game.
“I think that the game was good but there were some things that distracted us. But the team kept level heads and we went towards the victory,” stated CPL Patrick King.
The ruggers are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the North Zone of the Rugby Americas North Championship.
“Whichever team wins, we are prepared to retain our title, but we are hoping that the game could be played right here in Guyana. If the match comes here, we will get the home crowd advantage. Our boys would be more comfortable. But whichever team we have to confront, our hearts are set on winning,” they said.
The National team last held the title in 2014 and lost it to Trinidad and Tobago in 2015.
Guyana is now awaiting to see its top qualifier from a match between the Cayman Islands and Mexico.


Newly appointed Ambassador to Brazil, George Wilfred Talbot called on Chief of Staff Brigadier General Mark Phillips at his Office, Defence Headquarters, Base Camp Ayanganna, on Friday July 1, 2016.
The receiving delegation included Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel George Lewis, Commandant of the Guyana’s People Militia, Colonel Patrick West and Staff Officer One General One, Lieutenant Colonel Lorraine Foster.
Brigadier Phillips welcomed the Ambassador and congratulated him on his recent appointment. He further briefed the Ambassador on the genesis and evolution of the Force’s relations with its Brazilian counterpart, which dates back to the tenure of the first local Chief of Staff, Brigadier Clarence Price.
The Chief of Staff pointed out that the excellent and rich bilateral relations have resulted in ongoing training opportunities for Officers and Other Ranks and also noted that the Force’s Jungle Warfare School is staffed by Brazilians. Additionally, he revealed that the Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer Cadet School (CUPOCS) also have Brazilian Instructors.

Brigadier Mark Phillips also mentioned that every two years designated Officers meet their Brazilian counterparts for bilateral exchanges which provides for, among other things, shared operational experiences.

Ambassador Talbot was previously the Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations since 2012. He worked with the United Nations on the Venezuela Border controversy.






Twenty - Six students have commenced training on the Leader Sergeants Course (LSC), the third of its kind to be run by the Forces’ Sergeant Academy.

The course was officially declared open yesterday by Chief of Staff, Brigadier General, Mark Phillips at Base Camp Stephenson, Timehri.

The course was designed and implemented to develop leaders at the middle management level to serve across the Force, and provide opportunities for young men and women with academic skills and to hone those skills into leadership at the level of Sergeant.

In remarks to the Aspiring Sergeants, Brigadier General Mark Phillips observed that the LSC has so far been doing well and as such he called on them to commit themselves towards working hard, so that come November, the Force will benefit from 26 new Sergeants.

“We are training you for authority, not only the authority that comes with wearing a chevron but also the responsibility that comes with being in charge,” he urged.” We are training you to be leaders, you are the ones who are expected to, at the end of the training, to support a platoon commander and lead teams to accomplish the mission beyond the expectation of your officers,” he added.

Meanwhile, he noted that in order for the objectives of the course to be met, more time will have to be allocated for study of the course material, but cautioned against the overburden of physical training.

“Create study areas. If we are training them to lead, they must have opportunity to read. We have fit soldiers but we need Senior Non - Commissioned Officers to be good, educated leaders. So let us create the conditions for them to learn. We need a competent, fit Sergeant who can conduct himself/herself in keeping with the standards of the Guyana Defence Force,” he noted. The Chief of Staff made it clear however that, his recommendation is no attempt to ‘soften’ the course.

“Continue to work hard and the future is yours,” he told the aspirants. The nine-month training programme will cover a number of areas including Leadership Studies, Military Law, Internal Security and Open and Close Country Warfare.

The LSC was open to eligible members of the Force as well as civilians who meet the admission criteria. Six civilians are currently being trained to be Sergeants.

The Leader Sergeants Course equips its students with the knowledge to effectively perform the duties of a Sergeant in the GDF and administer and lead soldiers in the absence of the Officer. 


Eighteen Officers drawn from Units across the Force have commenced training on the Senior Command and Staff Course (SCSC) Number 14, which will prepare them for Senior Leadership.

The course which commenced on June 27 2016, will at the end make the Officers competent to function in Senior Command and Staff appointments within the Force.

The 12-week course will touch on a number of areas including Minor Staff Duties, Communication Skills, Open and Close Country Warfare, Administration and Logistics, Military Law and History and Environmental Studies.

The Senior Command and Staff Course is conducted by the Force to meet the training and professional military educational requirements of Officers.  The Force utilises the learning experiences garnered from its Directing Staff and Senior Officers who attended Staff Colleges in Canada, China, India, Brazil and the USA.

Chief of Staff Brigadier General, Mark Phillips officially declared the course open at the Jaguar Lecture Hall, Base Camp Stephenson, on Wednesday July 6, 2016. He told the Officers that the course was designed to prepare them for command and staff work and prepare them generally for senior military leadership in an increasingly complex defense and security environment.

He urged them to pay attention to the curriculum and immerse themselves in the course reading material. “Be an active participant in group assignments and approach all assignments with a positive attitude since the training modules will be delivered in an objective manner,” he urged.

Brigadier Phillips noted that governments today require their militaries to help them manage natural disasters and to deal with complex emergencies. As such, he said, the missions of Military Forces are therefore now more dynamic than ever.

He stated that the Command responsibilities of the Force flows from the Defence Act and therefore, the education of the Force’s Officers must result in a higher level of understanding of the concepts of operation and the strategic issues of importance to Guyana’s Defence and Security at the national, regional and hemispheric levels.

As such , he stated that the course is designed to improve the knowledge base of Officers and to help them become better leader of character and competence. “ We expect you to maximise the use of this opportunity,” he told the Officers.