JOINING AS A SOLDIER (Regular Force)

Selection and Training
  • Recruiting Boards

    A Recruiting Board is assembled during recruiting drives to determine and select from among the applicants those individuals considered suitable to be trained as soldiers.

    A Recruiting Board normally assembles at least once per year. The Recruiting Board meets on the dates and at selected locations (testing centres) as advertised during recruiting drives to interview and test male and female applicants for enlistment into the Regular Force.

    The testing centres are generally located at military bases and other public sites islandwide. These locations are advertised in the media. The islandwide recruiting drive normally goes on for two weeks.
  • Recruit Entrance Test

    Before the Entrance Test is done the applicants are screened to check for any physical anomalies and to ensure they have their required documents and meet the following requirements:

    • of Jamaican Nationality
    • between 18 and 23 years of age
    • education standard of at least Grade 9
    • birth certificate (original copy)
    • immunisation card
    • two recent recommendations (one from last school attended and one from a Justice of the Peace, Minister of Religion or a Gazetted Officer)
    • two passport size photographs, signed by a Justice of the Peace.

      The first part of the test involves reading and taking dictation. If the applicant is successful he or she will be given written tests in Mathematics, English Language and General Knowledge.
  • Recruit Training

    Initial basic training for recruits last for 14 weeks and is done substantially at two locations: JDF Training Depot, Newcastle, St Andrew and at Moneague Training Camp, St Ann. The recruit training course covers Drill, Skill-at-Arms, Military Law, Field Craft, Service Knowledge, Physical Training, Swimming Training, First Aid and Drug Awareness.
Careers Options
  • There are over 60 different jobs/trades available and the training requirement varies for each. The JDF offers a planned career throughout a soldier’s time in the Service. As a soldier progresses and shows leadership skills, promotion through the ranks to Warrant Officer or even to a Commissioned Officer could follow. In trade areas of the Force, civilian qualifications are acquired which, should they decide to leave, will enhance a soldier’s prospects for employment outside the Force.


  • The trade areas for enlisted ranks are:

    Aircrewman
    Airman
    Armourer
    Aircraft Technician
    Air Traffic Controller
    Bandsman
    Bricklayer and Concreter
    Builder
    Butcher
    Carpenter and Joiner
    Clerk (General Duties)
    Clerk (Military Stores)
    Clerk (Paralegal)
    Clerk (Pay Duties)
    Clerk (Programmer)
    Clerk (Provisioning and Customs)
    Clerk (Shorthand)
    Cobbler
    Combat Engineer
    Computer Operator
    Construction Material Technician
    Cook
    Clerk of Works (Construction)
    Clerk of Works (Electrical)
    Clerk of Works (Mechanical)
    Design Draughtsman
    Design Draughtsman (Electrical and Mechanical)
    Dental Technician
    Dental Assistant
    Diver
    Driver
    Equipment Repairer
    Electrician
    Fireman
    Fitter Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning
    Intelligence Specialist (Electronics and Communications)
    Intelligence Specialist (Videography and Photography)
    Intelligence Specialist (Analyst)
    Intelligence Specialist (Information Systems)
    Intelligence Specialist (Operations)
    Infanteer (infantryman)
    Instrument Technician
    Marine Electrician
    Marine Engineer
    Marine Telecommunications Technician
    Medical Assistant
    Pharmacy Technician
    Physical Training Instructor
    Power Plant Mechanic
    Power Plant Operator
    Printer
    Plant Operator Mechanic
    Photographer
    Plumber and Pipefitter
    Radio Operator
    Recovery Mechanic
    Surveyor Engineering
    Seaman (General Duties)
    Sheet Metal Worker
    Storeman
    Telecommunications Technician
    Vehicle Electrician
    Vehicle Mechanic
    Welder
How to apply
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The JDF prefers for induviduals to Apply Online. However, regarding application please contact:

    • Recruiting Office
      Jamaica Defence Force
      Up Park Camp, Kingston 5.

      Telephone: (876) 926-8121-9

      Fax: (876) 926-8243