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Public vetting campaign for potential Army recruits gets thumbs up from retired Army official – 8th May 2013

gdfFormer Army Lieutenant Colonel and opposition member, Joe Harmon, believes that the public vetting of prospective army recruits will augur well for the professionalisation of the Guyana Defense Force.

Harmon’s comments came against the backdrop of a notice from the GDF, in the daily newspapers, asking the public to provide the information as to why those potential recruits should not be considered for the basic recruitment course.

According to Harmon, getting the public involved in such an exercise is commendable.

The Army said the public vetting exercise has been designed to ensure that the Army is not infiltrated by persons of questionable characters.

But Capitol News understands that the vetting campaign is not sitting well with some of the potential recruits, who stated that their business are now the subject of public discussions.

Some of the family members of the potential recruits are questioning whether the Army’s Intelligence Unit could not have carried out an internal vetting campaign.

Harmon said for too long some member of the force have acted in a manner that are not becoming of a military officer and he believes that this vetting process will be able to separate those who are committed to protecting the territorial integrity Guyana’s borders, and those who otherwise have ill intentions.

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