A total of one hundred and thirty-three (133) men and women took a significant first step towards serving their nation by enlisting as recruits of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) New Entry 61/30 at HMBS Coral Harbour Base on February 17, 2024.

This weekend marks the beginning of a challenging and rewarding journey, as they embark on a rigorous 20-week training program designed to transform them into the next generation of Marines dedicated to the safety and security of The Bahamas.

The comprehensive training regimen is strategically designed to foster leadership, build character, and hone professional military skills in each recruit. Throughout this process, new entrants will be immersed in the core values and disciplines of military culture, challenging them to surpass their physical and mental limits.

More than just a test of their capabilities, the program is crafted to reinforce and fortify their determination, preparing them for the demanding responsibilities that await them in service to their country.

Upon welcoming the recruits, Captain Coral Harbour Captain Glenn McPhee, delivered words of encouragement and wisdom, setting the tone for this transformative journey. Apostle Raymond Wells, the Force Chaplain, then led the group in prayer, emphasizing the importance of faith in this endeavor.

This initial phase is vital in the shift from civilian to military life, underscoring the significance of resilience, teamwork, and unwavering dedication. The RBDF is steadfast in ensuring that each recruit is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to contribute effectively to the defence of the nation and uphold the proud legacy of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

As this cohort undergoes this transformative process, they will emerge as well-trained Marines, exemplifying the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. The RBDF eagerly anticipates witnessing their growth and development as they integrate seamlessly into our nation’s defence, safeguarding the sovereignty and interests of the nation.

Under the leadership of Commodore Raymond King, the organization is poised to exhibit greater agility in response to a dynamic security environment by ensuring that the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is not only professionally trained and acquires state of the art technology but being adequately manned through aggressive recruitment exercises to meet the human capital demands associated with its decentralized operations.

Photographer: Marine Seaman Rickey Sealey

Writer: Marine Seaman Rickey Sealey

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