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COS Badges newly promoted Warrant Officers

Three Warrant Officers Class One, and ten Warrant Officers Class Two were this morning decorated with their new badges of rank in recognition of their elevation in rank. Among them was a lone female , Warrant Officer Class Two Marcia Williams of the Medical Corps.

The new ranks were conferred on them by Chief of Staff Commodore Gary Best by virtue of the power invested in him by Chapter 15:01 of the Constitution of Guyana.

This was the first ever Badging Ceremony held for Warrant Officers and Commodore Best noted that the ceremony was important and was in recognition of their work as well as the confidence which the Senior Officer Corps attached to their contribution. Describing the newly promoted as being, “above the backbone” of the Force, the COS called on the Warrant Officers to do their part in dealing with the challenges being posed by indiscipline among soldiers. “Discipline is the hallmark of regimentation. We  need to have a firmer hand in dealing with discipline. We cannot evade our responsibilities, you have to embrace it ” he told the WOs , while also urging that they be bold , upfront and visible in dealing with these issues.

He also urged against the abuse of authority, instead “use it to promote the welfare of the Guyana Defence Force”. Commodore Best told those gathered at the ceremony that his administration continued to have confidence in the Corps of Warrant Officers and pledged continued support in this regard. He also made clear his expectation that the Corps complied with and enforce the Regulations and Values and Standards of the Force.