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WJC president renews call for mandatory military service

Pastor Glen Samuels, the president of the West Jamaica Conference (WJC)of Seventh-day Adventists, is renewing a call he made 12 years ago for mandatory military service for Jamaica’s young people, particularly young men, to turn them away from crime and violence.

During his keynote address at the second annual security forces and youth mentorship prayer breakfast, held at the WJC headquarters in Montego Bay, St James, Samuels referenced the October 6, 2007 edition of The Gleaner, where his previous recommendation about military service was published.

“In The Gleaner on October 6, 2007, it said that, ‘a call for mandatory military training for young persons, particularly males, was issued on the weekend as an incentive to stem the nation’s growing crime problem.’ The person who made that call was one Pastor Glen Samuels, and I repeat the same call 12 years afterward,” said Samuels.

“I asked back then that they would consider a programme where it is mandatory, particularly for young men, to serve at least one year in the army. I repeat the same call now, and I’d like to challenge all sides, because the youngsters who were 10 years old then are now 22, and the issue of violence knows no political colour,” Samuels added.

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