New GDF recruits must learn Spanish, foreign policies – Pres. Ali mandates


Twenty-one new officers of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) took their oath of office before Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Dr Irfaan Ali on Thursday, signaling their worthiness to assume military leadership.

Two warrant officers also received their instruments of warrants from the Head of State.

In his address after presenting them with their instruments of commission at State House, President Ali reminded the officers that they are now duty-bound to serve with integrity, lead with purpose and defend the country.

As a matter of fact, he outlined that within their first year of service, they are required to learn Spanish, know the country’s foreign policies and undergo further studies at the University of Guyana.

“In keeping with my previous pronouncements, this Standard Officer Course #54 will now proceed on one additional year of rotation within the State of Guyana. You will now proceed in understanding that within one year, you must learn Spanish; you must be competent in the language.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and President of Guyana, Dr Irfaan Ali with senior and junior ranks of the GDF (Photo: Office of the President/August 31, 2023)

“You must also understand within this year, you will be spending at least six weeks at the Foreign Service Institute so that you can have a full understanding of all aspects in relation to our foreign policies, our diplomacy, and its link and relation to defense,” President Ali mandated.

The officers are also required to spend a minimum of six weeks familiarising themselves with an orientation course and the fundamentals of strategic studies at the University of Guyana.

“Training lies at the core of military readiness, forming an essential pillar of effective military leadership. This leadership, in turn, demands a thorough understanding of strategy, tactics and decision-making,” the President said.

Noting that military studies have become more complex and technical in the orientation, President Ali told the officers that the commission is a legal instrument that authorizes them to make critical decisions and lead within the military hierarchy.

One of the new GDF ranks takes the oath (Photo: Office of the President/August 31, 2023)

“Combat readiness demands attitude and expertise in a wide range of skills including leadership and decision-making, technological proficiency, cyber security, critical thinking and problem-solving, diplomacy, and peace studies.

“The military leader is now expected to know about military logistics and administration without neglecting the more regular and routine elements of training,” the President said.

Further, he reminded the officers that they are now obligated to defend and preserve the constitution of the country.

“As officers, you are duty bound to be loyal to the state of Guyana….It is not an option…Loyalty in this context signifies a steadfast devotion to the principles, values and interests that define the sovereignty and wellbeing of Guyana,” President Ali said.

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  1. Derk says

    This is indeed forward thinking since the world has changed and is doing at a rapid pace, education is cardinal for everyone.
    Excellent Mr President.

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