Journey: Recruits can come a long way from when they first begin. Regiment CO Lt Col Brian Gonsalves said of those chosen for the special training course: "Candidates are no longer  considered as private soldiers, but are treated as potential leaders." *File photo by Kageaki Smith
Journey: Recruits can come a long way from when they first begin. Regiment CO Lt Col Brian Gonsalves said of those chosen for the special training course: "Candidates are no longer considered as private soldiers, but are treated as potential leaders." *File photo by Kageaki Smith
MONDAY, JUNE 27: The Bermuda Regiment’s future leaders have completed a gruelling two-week course designed to hone their skills.

Group commander Lt Mark Lavery said: “It’s been rewarding to lead these young men and women through this phase.

“In the short time I’ve been with them, I’ve watched them grow in skill, spirit and confidence.

“This is by no means an easy course and the fact that they have made it this far means that they have met and in some cases exceeded even those expectations they have placed on themselves.”

A total of 30 soldiers from the Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Cadre (JNCOC) took part in the course, held at the Canadian Army Training Centre in Ontario.

The course is designed to provide the next generation of Regiment lance corporals and corporals. Candidates have spent the last six months in lead-up training.

The exercise involved field craft exercises, weapons skills, adventure training, command tasks, map reading and cross-country navigation.

Regiment CO Lt Col Brian Gonsalves said: “Candidates are no longer considered as private soldiers, but are treated as potential leaders.

“I’m excited at what these young Bermudians will bring to the Regiment and the country in the years to come. I didn’t just see soldiers growing in military confidence, I saw young Bermudians working together in a positive environment.

“When we next to respond to a natural disaster or perform one of our civic duties at home or overseas, I know that these junior leaders have the integrity and resilience to take delegated command in operational positions.”