GDF Chief of Staff speaks out once more on Force’s same-sex policy – 18th Dec 2012
For the 2nd time in less than a month, The Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Commodore Gary Best, has come out speaking about the force’s policy when it comes to sexual relations involving officer ranks and its same sex policy. Although in writing the GDF has a ‘no gays in the military’ policy, it appears as though some changes may be under-way. Today, speaking at the Ensign ceremony for the Standard Officers Course #45, the Chief of Staff said, the GDF does not discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation, but believes members of the force should still hold themselves to high standards.
10 young men and just one young woman today, moved one step closer to becoming Officers of the Guyana Defence Force, as they were decorated as ensigns. The Chief of Staff told them that in and out of Uniform it is important that they understand the role they have assumed.
This group is one of the smallest groups to move through the standard officers course in recent years and for the first time too over the past few years, there were no members of the other joint services completing the programme.