Prime Minister Andrew Holness
The Government of Jamaica is proposing a policy of one year of compulsory service in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) for out of school unattached youth from age 18 to 24.
But Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who made the disclosure in the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, noted that the policy would not be initiated now.
"In the future, I hope to promote a policy where every unattached male between 18 and 24 has to do a compulsory one year national service with the JDF. Were it not for resource constraint, Mr. Speaker, I would have brought that policy to Parliament already," he purported.
The Prime Minister also gave an update on the progress of the Jamaica National Service Corps which is administered by the JDF.
He said two batches of 220 people each, have already completed recruit training and are now "undergoing further development training at varying stages of their initial one year engagement."
A third batch of students is currently going through basic training and are scheduled for completion in June 2018, at which time a fourth batch will come on board.
He said the current batch of recruits have all enlisted for full service in the Jamaica Defence Force.