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Women’s Army Corps celebrates 48th Anniversary

The women of the Guyana Defence Force, represented by serving and retired female Officers and Ranks, gathered in the Auditorium at Base Camp Ayanganna on Wednesday, February 4th, for a celebratory thanksgiving church service, to mark the observance of the 48th anniversary of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). As befitting tradition, their male counterparts joined them in commemorating the milestone.

While congratulating the WAC on its 48th anniversary, Chief of Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips, also congratulated all the women of the GDF who were recently promoted.  “The Corps has come a long way and has served the Force and the nation well over those years,” he said. “in a universal military sub-culture characterised by male dominance, the leadership of the GDF has shifted from an organisational policy that limited our women soldiers to support-type duties such as catering, clerical, and medical, to one where our women Officers and soldiers are trained like their male counterparts on all courses offered by the GDF. We are therefore, preparing you to serve in any command and staff appointment throughout the GDF,” he added. Brigadier Phillips highlighted the breaking of the “glass ceiling” with the elevation of female officers to the rank of Colonel in the GDF. He noted too, that females in the GDF gained the same benefits regarding educational development, something, he said, the Force remains committed to deliver. “You are assured that none of us will doubt your value and significance to our country. I remain confident that, as a Corps, you will embrace the changes that are necessary for the development of the GDF. As such, you are expected to always conduct yourselves in such a manner as to continue earning the respect and support of the wider Guyanese society.”