Minister Dunkley and Sen. Jeffery Baron visit this year’s Bermuda Regiment Boot Camp recruits. *Photo courtesy of the Bermuda Regiment
Minister Dunkley and Sen. Jeffery Baron visit this year’s Bermuda Regiment Boot Camp recruits. *Photo courtesy of the Bermuda Regiment
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The Acting Premier and Minister of National Security and the Hon. Michael H. Dunkley, JP, MP, today visited Warwick Camp where Recruit Camp 2014 is underway.

The Minister was met and escorted by Lt. Col. Michael E. Foster-Brown and Major Larenzo Ratteray, C Company commander, who is in overall command of this year’s Camp.

Minister Dunkley said, “After just a day of training, the soldiers were mostly positive in their outlook and approaching their two week Camp focused on learning and doing their best. I had the opportunity to speak with several young men and women, some of whom were among the forty (40) volunteers.

“This experience is already being valued by them and the record number of volunteers demonstrates that we can safely eliminate conscription as promised.”

And reflecting on the Opposition’s recent comments, Minister Dunkley said, “There really is no debate to be had around this issue. Both Parties have committed to it and as I have consistently said, once we have the Report of the Security & Defence Review Committee in hand and in consultation with the Commanding Officer, conscription will be removed from our books. The only relevant timetable is one which will ensure we have a strong Regiment as required for Bermuda’s needs.”

Minister Dunkley was joined by Acting Governor Ginny Ferson, MP Nandi Outerbridge, Junior Minister of National Security Senator Jeffrey Baron and Junior Minister of Home Affairs MP Sylvan Richards.