JOINING AS AN OFFICER (Regular Force)
There are two types of Queen's Commissions open to men and women who wish to join the Jamaica Defence Force as officers - the Regular Commission (RegC) and the Short Service Commission (SSC). Both RegCs and SSCs are open to university graduates (of any academic discipline) as well as to non-university graduates.
The holder of a Regular
Commission must complete 12 years service and may reasonably be expected to serve for up
to 22 years. Where vacancies exist RegCs can be granted to those who have satisfactorily
completed basic officer training. If there is no RegC vacancy, a Short Service Commission
will be offered, with the opportunity to apply later for a Regular Commission.
Short Service Commission
The Short Service Commission is awarded for a minimum of five years for men and three years for women from
completion of basic officer training. Upon recommendation, an officer may apply for a
Regular Commission on completion of two years service.
Candidates must fulfil the following requirements:
Candidates should be between the ages of 18 to 23 years on entry into basic officer training. However, persons over 23 years may be selected if they hold academic qualifications which
would make them suitable for employment in technical or other
- Educational Qualifications
Minimum educational requirements for Regular or Short Service Commissions are five GCE O' Level or CXC General Proficiency passes, including Mathematics and English Language, and at least two 'A' Level passes (Grades A-C) or equivalent.
- Nationality Requirements
To be eligible for selection a candidate must be a Jamaican citizen and normally must have been a Jamaican citizen since birth.
- Physical and Medical Standards
Candidates must be physically fit and free from any medical disabilities or limitations. All potential entrants must undergo and pass the JDF medical examination and physical fitness test. In addition, persons undergoing basic/recruit training must pass a military swim test by the conclusion of training in order to successfully pass-out (graduate).
Selection and Training
Io In addition to the previously indicated requirements applicants must also pass the JDF Officers’ Selection Board before being selected for training. Successful candidates are appointed to the rank of Potential Officer and sent to the JDF Training Depot at Newcastle, St Andrew, where they are integrated into the standard recruit training programme. Based on their performance, Potential Officers are then selected for basic officer training overseas at one any of the following training institutions:
- Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Camberley, England
- Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines Lympstone, England
- Combat Training Centre New Brunswick, Canada
- Royal Air Force College Cranwell, England
- Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, England.
- Home of the Infantry Fort Benning Georgia, United States of America.