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Feb 1, 2013

Soldiers mount up; B.D.F. gets new recruit

The Belize Defense Force celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary today in grand style at Price Barracks by welcoming a new Commander. And in addition to welcoming that new Commander, the force also celebrated the graduation of Intake number fifty-six comprising of forty-five new recruits. These recruits will join fellow officers in preserving our territorial integrity at the borders and preserving our personal security on the streets. Commander, now Brigadier General, David Jones says he recognizes the new factors affecting the force, and as new man in charge will make adjustments in training and deployment.

 

Brigadier General David Jones, Commander, B.D.F.

David Jones

“The training continues; we expect to have another recruit intake this year because as the people get older in their service, people retire. We expect to have another intake this year. In regards to training, there is a shift in some of the focus because we have been working a lot on the streets with the police and some of the law enforcement duties is being taught to our recruits now in training and especially human rights laws because we have encountered a lot of civilians along the border; we encounter Guatemalans and other nationals along the border. So human rights laws are being taught in our training so that when recruits finish from training, they have the tools and the ability to work with these different challenges which was different from when the B.D.F. was formed.”

 

During the ceremony outstanding members of the new recruits were given awards for excellence in different fields by Governor-General Sir Colville Young. Awards were also given to officers as recognition of long service and good conduct.

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