Thirteen St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) graduates were honoured on Thursday during a parade at Camp Springfield, at which Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris delivered the feature address. The recruits were honoured at the 17th Recruit Passing- Out Parade at Parade Square in Basseterre.
The 13 Recruits, ranging in age between 18- and 26-years old, marched onto Parade Square and were reviewed in and inspection by His Excellency the Governor-General, Mr. S.W. Tapley Seaton, C.V.O., Q.C., J.P.
The presentation of certificates and awards to the recruits followed the address by the Honourable Prime Minister.
Eleven male and two females who completed the 20-week Basic Military Course and studied nine subject areas:
Field Craft: Best Student – WREC (Woman Recruit) Zonielle Maynard
Physical Fitness: Best Student – REC Andrew Herbert
Map Reading: Best Student – WREC Zonielle Maynard
Rifle Shot: Best Student – REC Trevorn Henry
Skill at Arms: Best Student – WREC Zonielle Maynard
First Aid: Best Student – WREC Zonielle Maynard
Pistol Shot: Best Student – REC Roosevelt Rose
Drills: Best Student – WREC Zonielle Maynard
Military Knowledge: Best Student – WREC Zonielle Maynard
The two female recruits who completed the training are graduating at the top of the class. WREC Zonielle Maynard is the recipient of the Best Overall Student Award. WREC Naeijah Dasent is ranked second in the class. REC Troy Lake, who came third, is the recipient of the Most Disciplined Student Award.
A female, WREC Zenra Ferdinand, was also the best performing student last year. Zenra Ferdinand did not attend last year’s passing out ceremony because she was studying at the Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer School in Guyana, from which she successfully completed the year-long Standard Officer Course.