The army chief made the comment while speaking at a recruitment ceremony of 72 new soldiers to the BDF, and in reinforcing his point, he disclosed that 25 soldiers have been dismissed during the past two years after they failed a drug test.
The Nation newspaper reported that the army colonel also disclosed that six others will soon run afoul of the force’s drug policy, which was introduced two years ago.
He pointed out that he needs to be comfortable that soldiers would properly carry out their duties when they are deployed in support of the police or other agencies in any exercise where arms have to be employed.
Quintyne urged the new recruits to refrain from the use of drugs and stressed that the uniform will not exempt them from prosecution.
There are 11 female recruits from the batch of 72 and there are also two who have Bachelor of Science degrees. He also disclosed that 174 young persons are waiting to be enlisted in the BDF.
(This article was written with content incorporated from a Caribbeannewsnow release)