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Women's Army Corps turns 45

A Thanksgiving Church Service on February 1, marked the commencement of celebratory activities in observance of the 45th Anniversary of the formation of the Guyana Defence Force Women’s Army Corps (WAC). At the service which was held at Base Camp Ayanganna BC(A), Officers and Ranks of the Force were joined by special invitees which included female Officers and ranks of sister Disciplined Services.

In a fitting address to female soldiers, First Lady Deolatchmie Ramotar recognised that the initial female recruits were the standard bearers for the inclusion of women in all spheres of the disciplined services, and impressed upon them to never think of themselves as (being) second best to anyone. “Women do not have to sell themselves short. You are second to none. You can achieve just as much as your male counterparts!”she remarked.

The First Lady urged the serving female officers and soldiers to be role models and mentors to potential recruits who may seek careers in the military.

Meanwhile, Chief-of-Staff Commodore Gary Best challenged the females in the Force to “look ahead into the future and have a vision of how the WAC should evolve.” He reminded them that their commitment to serve must be underlined by honesty, integrity and selflessness.