Cayman Regiment seeking more recruits

| 18/10/2021 | 30 Comments
Cayman News Service
Cayman Islands Regiment

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Regiment (CIR) is looking for volunteers for the third round of recruitment for the local part-time army. The CIR said it is looking for physically able individuals between 18 and 50 years old who are Caymanian or permanent residents. Potential candidates are expected to complete the four-phase recruitment process: a physical assessment, an interview with regiment personnel, a medical and drug test, and a 14-day non-residential training camp, which is scheduled for 2022.

Once candidates successfully complete all phases of recruitment, they will be invited to the Passing Out Parade and officially become members of the regiment. Lt Col Watson, the Commanding Officer of the CIR, urged people to join up.

Since it was created last year, men and women of the regiment have deployed during three tropical storms to carry out evacuations, route and debris clearance and emergency food distribution. More recently teams have distributed emergency aid to 120 quarantining families across Grand Cayman. If you want to serve your community and be part of a dedicated team that supports Cayman then apply to join us.” 

So far 100 men and women have been recruited into the regiment, though officials have not revealed if any of the recruits have yet left. Last year then premier Alden McLaughlin, who spearheaded the local defence force, indicated that the goal was to recruit as many as 175 people.

One of the regiment’s original recruits is currently serving with the Royal Navy on board the patrol ship HMS Medway as part of the UK’s Caribbean Task Group. Lieutenant Theo Kelly was deployed to share his first hand local knowledge and experience and to gain further experience in planning for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief operations in the region.

“One of the roles of the Regiment is to assist with disaster relief, especially with the frequency of hurricanes,” Kelly said. “Some of my jobs will include ensuring transport links are kept up and running and all disaster relief equipment is maintained and ready to use. Building a good working relationship and contacts with the Task Group team will be invaluable for any future disaster relief operations.”

Potential candidates for the regiment are asked to complete the application form here. 

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2021.

Potential candidates with questions or concerns can call the Regimental Headquarters at 640-3889.

Read more about Lieutenant Theo Kelly’s deployment on the CIR Facebook page.


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  1. A.J. says:

    By the looks of the picture, they don’t march very well. They still could be useful after a storm comes.

  2. Don't bother says:

    Half you with the negative comments wouldn’t last a day.

  3. Anonymous says:

    aka…bobo’s army

  4. Walter Mitty says:

    Then go and serve in Britain! They need drivers, shelf stackers, people to collect the harvest…. Lots of other ways to serve the community here than prancing around in fatigues. Are you another person that needs to serve in every emergency service on island until your quench is thirst.

  5. Ralph Wiggum. I'm learnding. says:

    My friend told me that the Regiment gets an unlimited allotment of patties and breadfruit when on duty. Hopefully I make it in the next round.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Waste of taxpayers money.

    • Anonymous says:

      A lot of people who needed help after Tropical Storm Grace will disagree with you

    • Anonymous says:

      another comment from someone privileged with blockers up of the other people who actually benefit from this. A LOT of lower-income people love this service.

      9:07am, Your privilege is showing.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Let’s invade Cuba! Viva la independencia!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    ….rebuild Fort George, tear down Jim Bodden’s statue, try to get PACT Cabinet out of La-La Land! I could think of quite a number of functions for the Regiment!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m don’t have PR nor am I Caymanian.
    I am British however. Can I apply? I would be interested in helping out in this capacity.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Secure the beach head at Rum Point, aim the cannon at George Town harbor, resurrect the Jolly Roger with sufficient coconuts filled with gun powder and a wick to take down intruders, do some recon along Seven Mile Beach

  11. Kim Jong-un says:

    How many regiment bobos do we need? Holy Sh*t.

    We are gonna have a bigger army than the US at this rate. I said before, we need fighterjets, destoryers, aircraft carriers, tanks and a submarine. There should be mandatory conscription for all work permit holders when they apply for PR as well.

    I can start digging in east end next week for our nuclear missile silos, maybe we can ask the cubans for some assistance with this!

  12. Anonymous says:

    More than the stipend each month?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Weren’t they at 350 last count? Plus the new vehicles and all the guns.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Must be a high rate of turnover!

  15. Anonymous says:

    how much $ per week and how many free meals do i get?

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