Minister Urges People To Volunteer For Regiment

December 20, 2017

Earlier today [Dec 20], the Minister of National Security joined the Commanding Officer of the Royal Bermuda Regiment [RBR], Lt. Col. David Curley to highlight current RBR recruitment drive.

The RBR’s upcoming Recruit Camp is from January 14 – 28, 2018, and the deadline for applicants is January 4, 2018.

Minister Caines said, “We want to highlight the importance of ensuring that we have a full slate of volunteers for the upcoming Regiment Recruit Camp. Government has worked extensively with the Royal Bermuda Regiment to move to an all-volunteer force.

“In recent years we have had solid participation from the men and women in our community, who have chosen the path of becoming recruit volunteers. This year, we recognize the critical importance of maintaining a suitable complement of volunteers.”

The Ministry said, “Some of the benefits of volunteering for the RBR highlighted today include:

  • “Good Pay: Soldiers are paid $1,000 per week and will make up to $5,000 during their first year of part-time service. There are also extra bonuses that are earned for soldiers who re-engage every year and pass their Individual Military Training tests.
  • “Travel and Adventure: RBR soldiers train regularly in the US Canada, the UK and Jamaica and have been deployed on operations across the region.
  • “Leadership Training: RBR soldiers have the opportunity to train to be leaders, either as Junior Non-Commissioned Officers or as Officers.
  • “Challenge and Fitness: Fitness is an important component of military training. The RBR continuously challenges an individual both physically and mentally in order to ensure their preparation for the demands of the military environment.

Minister Caines continued, “As Minister of National Security, I’m encouraging those able-bodied men and women in our community to seriously consider volunteering for the Bermuda Regiment. It is a rewarding experience, both from a community standpoint and financially.

“I have served in the Bermuda Regiment and I am grateful for the time I spent there. I’ve had the opportunity to see firsthand both the work and training involved and there is nothing that gives a person greater pride than being able to serve their country. So we want to encourage the next batch of leaders to join these ranks.”

Lt. Col. David Curley added, “The RBR is recruiting now for our upcoming Recruit Camp this January 14th-28th, 2018. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all residents of Bermuda between the ages of 18 and 35 who can spare the odd weekend or evening, who can attend an annual two-week Camp either locally or overseas in order to volunteer to serve our country.

“I volunteered for Military duty approximately 28 years ago and decided to be an officer because I wanted to learn and be able to help promote an environment that fosters good sound judgment, positivity, leadership, team building and personnel interactions amongst our future soldiers.”

The RBR is currently hosting a “pop-up” recruitment center in Hamilton. Interested individuals can either visit Warwick Camp, the Hamilton recruitment center or to sign up. For more information call 335-0252.

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  1. Real Deal says:

    Start up a science and research and development branch and i will volunteer.

  2. tribda says:

    I thought they were ending conscription and having full time soldiers. Why are they still asking for volunteers like they cant get enough. If they had full time soldiers I would sign up tomorrow.