This morning [Jan.15] the Regiment’s Annual Recruit Camp began, with dozens of young men, and some women, waiting outside the gates of Warwick Camp. Over the next two weeks the recruits will rise early each morning for training including; physical training, drill, weapon, field craft lessons and more.
Speaking before the Camp began, Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Brian Gonsalves said, “As you know due to budget cuts, we had to basically halve our enlistment process, so we have just over about 70 recruits and a good number of volunteers.And there are a few females that have volunteered.
“The programme is, for the most part, is the same. The only tweaking has been instead of catering to 160 to 170 recruits, we are now only catering to about 70 or 80 recruits. So the training they leave with will be the same.
“But I believe it will be better. Because there are reduced soldiers, and we have a little more instructors, so the – if you will – recruit to instructor ratio is a little better than it has been in previous years. So I told the Company Commander I expect a better turned out recruit come the end of the camp.”
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