Jamaica National Service Corp (JNSC) Training Programmes

By | July 27, 2017

Jamaica National Service Corp (JNSC) Training Programmes


  • Grace Week/ Barrack Room Procedures
  • First Aid
  • Foot Drill
  • SAA/ M16
  • Introductory Shoot
  • Weapon Drill
  •  Tactics – Basic
  • Land Navigation
  • Squad Drill Competition
  • Family Day/ Platoon Drill Competition
  • Signals
  • Field Craft
  • Field Exercise/Adventurous Trg
  • Rights of a Soldier
  • Basic Leadership Trg
  • Physical Trg
  • Sports – Volley Ball, Basketball, Boxing, Iron Man Competition
  • Intangibles – Sleep & Food Depravation, Expectation dislocation, Enduring Condition of Discomfort, Long Tab with Load
  • Recruit Passing Out Parade
  • Swimming Training (ability group) – as per JDF Standing Orders
  • Adventure Training:
  • Rappelling
  • Unarmed combat/ self defence
  • River crossing
  • Survival Techniques
  • Camping techniques
  • Command Tasks
  • Field exercise

Field Exercise – JNSC Recruits will be required to participate in a 10 day, 9 night field exercise which encompasses the knowledge and skills learnt throughout Basic Recruit Training.


  • Basic Military Swim Course
  • Unarmed Combat Level 1
  • Physical Training
  • Stress Management
  • Harassment Training
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Financial Management
  • JDF Fraternisation /Sexual Policy
  • Career Day (All Units on display)


OJT – Infantry

JNSC recruits will participate in a mandatory 12-week infantry familiarization training as follows:

  • Perform ceremonial duties and parades
  • Guard Mounting
  • Drill (foot, weapon, theory)
  • Land Navigation/ Map Reading
  • Piquet Duties
  • Guard assist duties
  • Unarmed Combat/Self Defence
  • Physical Training-
  • Obstacle Course
  • 5miles Load TAB
  • 10miles Load TAB
  • 60 hrs of mandatory PT
  • Sports
  • Swimming
  • Command Tasks
  • First Aid c/w Practical Displays
  • Intelligence Familiarization
  • Field Trips
  • Fire Drill
  • Stores Familiarization
  • Operational Familiarization
  • Crowd Control
  • VCPs/PCPs
  • Base security
  • Use of Force/ROE
  • Rights of a Soldier
  • Roles/Responsibilities of the Infantry
  • Roles/Structure/Responsibilities of the JDF
  • Camp maintenance

OJT – Support Units

JNSC recruits will be attached to the under mentioned units to participate in a 12 week OJT programme as follows:

  • 1 Eng Regt JDF
  • Basic Combat Engineer Course
  • Roles/Responsibilities of the Unit
  • Unit Tour/ Familiarization
  • Disaster Management
  • Engineer Roles in Management
  • OJT in Unit
  • JDF Coast Guard
  • Basic Seaman Course
  • Roles/Responsibilities of the Unit
  • Unit Tour/ Familiarization
  • Ship Husbandry
  • OJT in Unit
  • JDF Air Wing
  • Basic Air Crewman Course
  • Roles/Responsibilities of the Unit
  • Unit Tour/Familiarization
  • 1Week Deployment
  • Familiarization Flight
  • OJT in Unit
  • Support and Service Battalion
  • Basic Logistics Course
  • Roles/Responsibilities of the Unit
  • Unit Tour/ Familiarization
  • OJT in Unit


JNSC will engage in one of the following, based on their aptitude and performance up to this point.

Initial Battle Course (7 week + 1 week leave)

The NSE has met the required standard and has chosen to continue employment within the JDF.

NSE enters the Continuation Training Phase for a period of 6 weeks.

During this phase the following are covered in detail:

  • Skill at Arms (SAA) (theory and practical)
  • Range Week 1
  • Range Week 2- M249, GPMG
  • Map Reading/Land Navigation
  • Field Craft
  • Rappelling
  • Law of Armed Conflict
  • Rules of Engagement (Chief of Staff Orders for Opening Fire)
  • Military Law
  • IS operations (theory)
  • Small Unit Tactics –  Contact Drills, Patrolling, Battle Procedure, Section Battle Drills, Vehicle Contact Drills, Urban Patrolling, Quick Battle Orders, River Crossing, VCPs, PCPs, Ops, FIBUA, Raid, Crowd Control, Cordon and Search, HADR, Key Point Protection, House Clearing
  • Signals
  • Combat First Aid
  • Battle Inoculation

Certificate of Completion C 3 Soldier

Work Force Entry Training (6 weeks + 2 weeks leave)

The following personnel are eligible for the WET programme:

  • A NSE that has been unsuccessful upon completion of Basic Military Training
  • A NSE that has been successful but chooses to cease employment within the JDF.
  • A NSE that, due to injuries, cannot continue training/ employment within the JDF.

The WET programme encompasses:

  • Work ethics
  • Curriculum vitae development
  • Etiquette
  • Negotiation skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Time Management
  • Critical Thinking

Upon completion of the WET programme, government agencies such as Customs and Excise, Immigration, Prisons, Jamaica Constabulary, Port Security, etc will be given the opportunity to select potential candidates from the pool of individuals.

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