Jamaica Defence Force :: How To Become An Officer
The first step in applying to join the Jamaica Defence Force as a commissioned officer is to fill out and complete the online application form. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation that it has been received and is being processed. Note however, that there is consistently a large pool of applicants to join the service and so it is difficult to say if/when you will be called.
If your application is successful, you will receive a call and be given Joining Instructions. These instructions will include the relevant dates and times for you to come in and you will be asked to take in a number of documents with you. These documents will include your Birth Certificate, ID, TRN, NIS, and relevant Exam Certificates.
At the preliminary processing, which is done inside Up Park Camp, roll call will be taken and your documents verified. Here, you will also sign an indemnity form, and be briefed by a Senior JDF Officer.
Upon completion of the physical tests, you will then be asked to conduct an impromptu presentation to determine your public speaking and presentation skills.
Finally, you will move on to do an Initial Medical Screening. The JDF has very strict medical requirements and so persons with the following medical conditions will be immediately excluded:
- MAJOR ABDOMINAL SURGERY
- HYPERTENSION/HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
- COLOUR VISION DEFICIENCY
- SICKLE CELL
- HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV)
- HUMAN T-LYMPHOTROPIC VIRUS (HTLV)
- SIGNIFICANT DENTAL CARIES (CAVITIES) OR MISALIGNMENT OF TEETH
- FLAT FEET
- BONE OR JOINT DEFORMITIES
- HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS
- ANY OTHER SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL ILLNESS
If you are successful at this level, you will then be invited to travel to the Newcastle Training Depot where you will spend two days on a JDF Potential Officer Selection Board, which includes a series of physical, mental, and academic tests, all conducted under the most strenuous of circumstances.