Eighteen Officers drawn from Units across the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) have begun training on the Senior Command and Staff Course (SCSC) Number 14, which will prepare them for Senior Leadership.

A release yesterday from the GDF said that the course which started on June 27 2016, will at the end make the Officers competent to function in Senior Command and Staff positions in the Force.

The 12-week course will focus  on a number of areas including Minor Staff Duties, Communication Skills, Open and Close Country Warfare, Administration and Logistics, Military Law and History and Environmental Studies.

The Force utilises the learning experiences garnered from its Directing Staff and Senior Officers who attended Staff Colleges in Canada, China, India, Brazil and the USA, the release said.

Chief of Staff Brigadier General, Mark Phillips officially declared the course open at the Jaguar Lecture Hall, Base Camp Stephenson, on Wednesday July 6, 2016. He told the Officers that the course was geared to prepare them for command and staff work and generally for senior military leadership.

He called on them to pay attention to the curriculum and immerse themselves in the course reading material. “Be an active participant in group assignments and approach all assignments with a positive attitude since the training modules will be delivered in an objective manner,” he stated.

Phillips, the release said, noted that governments today require their militaries to help them manage natural disasters and to deal with complex emergencies. As such, he said, the missions of Military Forces are therefore now more dynamic than ever.

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