A total of 75 marines were officially welcomed into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on November 18 2016, after completing 19 weeks of intensive training. The Passing out Parade (POP) ceremony for New Entry 54 Woman Entry 23 took place at the Coral Harbour Base. The parade was inspected by the Honourable Dr. Bernard Nottage, Minister of National Security, who also delivered the keynote address.
The New Entry squad showcased a physical training and display military drills with …and without arms during the ceremony. A mannequin challenge highlighting the various departments of the Force was also demonstrated.
Consisting of fifty-nine (59) males and sixteen (16) females, the marines commenced their recruit training exercise on 9th July 2016. They benefited from an additional two weeks of training as they assisted with restoration efforts on various islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
Sadera Rolle walked away with the Best Female Recruit, and Daryll Higgs took the overall Best Male Recruit. With this additional complement, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to safeguarding the territorial integrity of The Bahamas.