RBDF passing out parade

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has once again increased its manpower after 107 recruits successfully graduated from new entry training at the Coral Harbour Base on Friday.

With loved ones there to support, the squad of 98 males and 9 females is the latest group of entrants to join the defence force after 17 weeks of rigorous basic military training.

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames carried out an inspection of the parade, accompanied by the RBDF commander, Commodore Tellis Bethel. The minister also delivered the keynote address. He commended the defense force’s newest members on their decision to become protectors of our country and also challenged them to remain focused while serving their country.

Contributing to the excitement, the recruits put on performances which included precision military foot drills, weapons drills, a physical fitness display and also an infantry exercise display. This new entry was one of the first to receive the newly instituted three-phase approach, which consisted of the militarization, maritime and infantry phases. The recruit training program also covered a diverse selection of training modules, inclusive of some 21 professional disciplines such as navigation, seamanship, weapons handling, the Defence Act and Regulations, military martial arts, firefighting and communications.

Receiving the award for best female recruit was Shonique Thompson, who was also awarded with the female swimming award and female infantry award. The award for best male recruit went to Shaquan Porter, who was also awarded with the training officer’s award and male infantry award.

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