Bahamas, August 7, 2017 – Nassau – A total of 82 Ranger Trainees graduated from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers Leadership Training School on Friday past. This was the culmination of a 3-week long program where the trainees between the ages of 12-20 years were pulled away from their usual daily comforts and immersed in an accelerated leadership program.
Participants in the dynamic program represented Rangers from High Schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, North Andros and the Berry Islands. The young Rangers were broken up into focused programs that included the Rangers Marine Candidate Indoctrination Course, Ranger Officer Training Course, Ranger Advanced Officer Training Course, At Risk Youth Reconditioning Course and the Ranger Band Indoctrination Course.
Also included in the Rangers’ Leadership camp was a job preparedness workshop for the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) historic regiment cadet. This was aimed to prepare the Ranger graduates for the workplace as well as serving as tour guides in the AMMC’s Historical Regiment Cadet Core program.
Topics and activities covered at the Ranger Leadership School included Positive Self-Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Right Choices, Field Expeditions, Self-Control, Problem Solving, Negotiating, Etiquette, Public Speaking, First Aid, Leadership, Physical Training, Positive Attitudes and Behaviors, Developing good work ethics, Band drills, and a host of others.
Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force, hailed the program as one designed to prepare Rangers for employment in the Defence Force or the commercial maritime sector. The program also encourages Rangers to pursue their vocational interests or academic studies beyond high school. He stated that youth have an important part to play in national development and that the Defence Force’s Rangers program is preparing them for such a role.
The Commander Defence Force thanked the Director of the Rangers program, Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe, Ranger Instructors, the Defence Force Officers and Marines, as well as representatives from the Rangers Parents In Action Group for the outstanding work they did in making the program a success. He also expressed the Defence Force’s appreciation for the support of corporate sponsors which included BTC and Bahamas Waste Ltd. Additionally, he thanked the principal and staff at Program SURE for making their facilities available.
Rangers Officer Candidate Course
Best Male Recruit – Dikembe Wilkinson
Best Female Recruit – Xaria Laing
Rangers Band Indoctrination Course
Best Male Band Cadet – Arawn Rolle
Best Female Band Cadet – Malania Oliver
Rangers Advance Officer Candidate Course
Most Outstanding Cadet – Judy Forbes
RBDF Familiarization Program
Most Outstanding Cadet – Destiny Seymour
Press Release: RBDF
Header photo shows: Royal Bahamas Defence Force Ranger Trainees that graduated from the RBDF Rangers Leadership Training School on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road. Seated in from are Commodore Tellis Bethel along with RBDF Officers and Warrant Officers and Senior Rates.
Rangers Photo two shows: The Rangers Special Drill team performing a routine at the graduation ceremony for 82 Rangers trainees on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road.
Rangers Photo three shows: The Rangers band performing a musical selection during the graduation ceremony for 82 Rangers trainees on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road.
Rangers Photo four shows: BTC’s Chief Marketing Officer Janet Brown receiving a presentation from Commodore Tellis Bethel as a token for being a corporate sponsor for the Rangers Leadership Training camp. At left: is Director of the Rangers program, Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe, and on the right is Captain Clyde Sawyer, Captain Coral Harbour.
Rangers Photo five shows: Ranger Xaria Laing receiving the Best Female Recruit Award during the graduation ceremony for 82 Rangers trainees on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road.
(Photos by Marine Seaman Michael Turner)