The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers programme continued to exceed expectations in youth development when it officially installed some 55 students from five junior and senior high schools in Abaco into its youth programme on June 13.
The Defence Force has been involved in youth development since 1995. Since that time, the RBDF Rangers program has evolved into a vibrant youth organization with students participating from 25 schools in New Providence and 14 schools in the family of islands, namely Grand Bahama and Abaco.
Recently, the focus of the program has shifted, becoming more leadership centric with emphasis on principles that promote the core concepts and values of the Defence Force. To date, the Defence Force has inducted over 5,000 students into its Rangers Program and has approximately 800 active members under its instruction, encompassing a total of 39 schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco.
After inspecting the parade, Minister of National Security, the Honourable Dr. Bernard Nottage inspired and challenged and encouraged the students to live by the Rangers motto, “Discipline, Dedication and Determination.”
“I take note that you have voluntarily made a decision to join this program. This program has for many years been successful in producing well rounded and disciplined citizens of our country. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers is steadily becoming a model of excellence for youth organizations,” echoed Dr. Nottage. “Today, we see the culmination of your hard work and sacrifice that will lead to your future success if you remain focused”.
The Minister also commended the parents for their commitment and involvement in the programme, and urged them to continue supporting their children and the Rangers programme. After a brilliant array of display by the Abaco Rangers Drill Team, the students were presented with numerous certificates and awards. These included the Minister of National Security Award, the Commodore’s Award, the Rangers Director Award, and academic achievements certificates.