Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Two Cayman recruits begin junior officer training at Sandhurst

Nathan Dack and Tyler Lawson

Nathan Dack and Tyler Lawson

Two recruits in the Cayman Regiment have begun junior officer training at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

Nathan Dack and Tyler Lawson left for London on September 18 to receive training at one of the world’s leading military academies thanks to support from UK Ministry of Defence. Both Caymanian, the training will prepare them for their future roles supporting the Cayman community during hurricane season or in the event of emergencies or unforeseen events.

RMAS is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibility of leading their soldiers. During training, all officer cadets learn to live by the academy’s motto, ‘Serve to Lead.’

Five junior officers from the Cayman Regiment, Theodore Kelly, Jonassi Swaby, Shanice Kelly, Halston Farley and Gabe Rabess, already completed training programmes at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in August, after completing training with the Royal Bermuda Regiment earlier in the year. 

The next phase of the recruitment for reservists is now underway. 

A bill is now out for public comment on how the Regiment will operate and be governed. Governor, Martyn Roper, has stressed that "this is Cayman’s Regiment," indicating that "The UK has no economic, political, security or national interest in anything other than supporting Cayman and the region in disaster preparedness and resilience."

Mr Roper emphasized that the UK is supporting Cayman's request to set up its own regiment.

In his words, "Cabinet and the National Security Council, including the Leader of the Opposition, approved and supported the creation of a Regiment. Cabinet and the National Security Council accepted the UK offer of technical support. My job is to ensure that that support is delivered rapidly and effectively."

The Legislative Assembly will next month debate a Bill on how the Regiment will operate and be governed. The legislation is currently available for public comment.

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