The response to the Barbados Defence Force???s (BDF) current recruitment drive has been described as ???phenomenal???.

According to an official there, the BDF???s HR Department has reported that it has been receiving ???a steady stream of calls and applications each day???.

However, the spokesperson is reminding the public that the deadline is this Friday, March 4, and has urged persons interested in joining the Force???s Regular (full-time) and Reserve (part-time) Elements to immediately submit their applications to the Main Desk, St. Ann???s Fort, Garrison, St. Michael.

Those interested in becoming full-time members should be between the ages of 18 and 25; be citizens of Barbados by descent or naturalisation; and have CXC certificates in Mathematics and English. Applicants who are 17 years and 9 months must include a letter of consent from their parent or guardian.

Those applying for the Reserve Element must be between 18 and 30 years old, but if they are 17 years and 9 months, they must include a letter of consent from their parent or guardian. The other requirements are similar for those applying to be full-time soldiers.

Applications must be accompanied by three certified passport-sized photographs, three recent testimonials, a copy of the person???s birth certificate, certified copies of academic qualifications and a recent Police Certificate of Character.

The official further reminded the public that persons with visible tattoos would not be considered for selection.

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