“As we gear up to establishing TCI’s very own defence force, the UK’s Defence Attaché and his successor meet TCI’s impressive cadets and discuss with them their own aspirations.” – Extract from the Turks and Caicos Islands Governor’s Office Facebook Page.
The Turks and Caicos Islands could soon have its own military, His Excellency Governor Nigel Dakin revealed in an exclusive interview with The SUN. The Governor said high-ranking officials from the United Kingdom’s (UK) Ministry of Defence recently visited the Turks and Caicos Islands to start looking at the feasibility for establishing a military capability for the islands.
A twelve (12) member contingent from the Turks and Caicos Islands Cadet Corps departed the Territory on July 19th, 2019 to attend the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force International 75th Anniversary Camp.
While in Jamaica, the Cadets will undergo a three- week adventurous training program covering Mass Casualty, Introduction to aviation, Kayaking, Survival at sea, and Basic Rescue Operations and other courses. They will also participate in the Jamaica 57th Anniversary Independence Day Parade and a Shooting Competition.
On Sunday, August 5, 2018, three instructors, along with a cohort of 16 cadets, left the Turks and Caicos Islands to join other cadets from across the Caribbean region in Barbados for the Biennial Caribbean Cadet Camp held this year, 5-19 August 2018, for a time of adventurous training, competition and cultural immersion.
The Premier, along with the Speaker of the House and the Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, had the opportunity to pray with the cadets and their instructors at the Providenciales Airport just before their departure.
Members of the Turks and Caicos Cadet Corps are singing the praises of Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Youth, Sport and Library Service, Hon. Akierra Missick, whose action they claimed, gave them a place to conduct classroom-style drills.
The Corp conducts its outdoor drills on the grounds of the Police Canteen on Airport Road in Providenciales. But it had been looking for a place for class-room drills, but had found it difficult to do so.