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[item title="Chapter 1 - Recruitment Procedures"]

  • Guyana Defence Force Recruitment: Outreach Guidelines
  • Responsibility For Recruitment 
  • Advertising
  • Career Lectures And Displays  
  • Applications  
  • Commissions Board  
  • Identification Of Recruitment Staff 
  • Conduct Of The Recruitment Staff 
  • Procedures Basic Recruit Course: Entry Requirement 
  • Processing The Applicant 
  • Related Conditions For Entry 
  • Recruitment Of Female Soldiers 
  • Sequence For Enlistment 
  • Passports
  • Taxpayer Identification Numbers  
  • National Insurance Scheme  
  • Authority: Completion Of Specific Recruitment Procedure 
  • Application For Enlistment 
  • Proof Of Recruit’s Willingness To Serve 
  • Enlistment 
  • Verification 
  • Medical Examination 
  • Rejection 
  • Recruitment Board 
  • Attestation 
  • Pre-Determined Postings  
  • Continuous Recruitment  
  • Security 
  • Re-Enlistment 
  • Recruitment Of Civilian Employees  
  • Defence Board On Employment Of Casuals (Civilians)  
  • Employment Civilians – Age Restriction 
  • Ranks Retained In A Civilian Capacity 
  • Contract Of Employment: Permanent And Fixed-Term Contracts  
  • Management Of Contract Employees 
  • Discharge Civilian Employees  
  • Probation
  • Suspension Of The Contract Of Employment 
  • Contract Of Employment: Grounds For Termination  
  • Recruitment Of Apprentices 
  • Proforma
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[item title="Chapter 2 - Conditions Of Service – Officers"]

  • First Appointments
  • Standards For Commission
  • Commissions - Standards, Categories, Terms 
  • Attestation
  • Regulations
  • Service
  • Rank - The Types Of Rank Which May Be Granted In The Force
  • Revocation Of Temporary Promotions
  • Right To Purchase Discharge
  • Promotion
  • Service Qualification
  • Interviews
  • Special Interviews 
  • Discipline
  • Confidential Reports
  • Preparation Of Annual Confidential Reports
  • Personal Files
  • Promotional Examinations
  • Failure To Qualify
  • Special Consideration
  • Relative Precedence
  • Seniority And Precedence
  • Loss Of Seniority
  • Appointments
  • Training
  • Return Of Service/Contract- General
  • Training Derivative Licences (Tdl) - General
  • Use Of First Names: Members Of The Gdf
  • Posting And Transfers
  • Specialisation
  • Changing Specialty
  • Employment Of Ranks Under Other Governments: General
  • Discipline
  • Legitimate Absence: Members Of The Disciplined Services
  • Redress Of Complaints
  • Re-Engagement Periods For Training Scholarships
  • Retirement
  • Removal
  • Procedure For Premature Termination Of Service
  • Pay Allowances And Other Benefits
  • Clothing And Equipment
  • Accommodation
  • Leave
  • Regimental Or Base Duties
  • Reporting
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[item title="Chapter 3 - Promotion Appointment Command: Other Ranks"]

  • Promotion
  • Special Cases
  • Disqualification
  • Other Guidelines
  • Special Leave For Training In The Reserve
  • Personal Files
  • Training
  • Delegation Of Authority
  • Non Commissioned Officer Support Channel
  • Relative Precedence – Soldiers 
  • Transfers And Postings
  • State Warrant
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[item title="Chapter 4 - Military Discipline And Conduct"]

  • Military Discipline
  • Remarks Or Criticisms On Superiors
  • Conflicting Orders
  • Core Values Of The Guyana Defence Force
  • Officer Qualities
  • Obedience
  • Military Courtesy
  • Attitudes Towards Subordinates
  • Soldier Conduct
  • Paying Of Compliments
  • Orderliness
  • Acceptance Of Gifts, Rewards And Hospitality
  • Gifts To Units
  • Non Military Activities
  • Non-Force Societies
  • Relationships
  • Acceptance Of Business Appointments
  • Insurance Covering Civil Employment
  • Employment During Terminal Leave
  • Acceptance Of Appointments To Professional Organisations
  • Trading With The Guyana Defence Force
  • Money Lending
  • Legal Action Between Ranks
  • Gambling
  • Intoxicating Liquor
  • Narcotics And Controlled Substances (See Drug Policy)
  • Unacceptable Behaviour
  • Maintenance Of Order
  • Exercising Military Authority
  • Participation In Support Of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Code Of Conduct: Gdf Personnel And Members Of The Gpf
  • Prosecution Of Members Of The Gdf
  • Court Attendance: Gdf Ranks
  • Officer Convicted By The Civil Power
  • Warrant Officers And Ncos Convicted By Civil Power
  • Soldiers On Bail
  • Relationships Between Soldiers Of Different Rank
  • Trainee And Soldier Relationships
  • Harassment - Personal And Sexual
  • Visits To Accommodations - Officers And Ordinary Ranks
  • Marrying
  • Tattooing
  • Privacy
  • Use Of Cell Phone – Security Duties
  • Religion
  • Misuse Of Drugs (See Drug Policy)
  • Random /Mandatory Drug Testing
  • Malingering
  • Procedures For The Destruction Of Records
  • Political Activities
  • Parliamentary And Local Government Candidature
  • Electoral Registration Of Members Of The Guyana Defence Force
  • Responsibilities Of Commanding Officers
  • General Elections – Procedure
  • Offences In Connection With Force Declarations
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[item title="Chapter 5 - Personnel Policy"]

  • Termination Of Service
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[item title="Chapter 6 - Appointments And Financial Matters"]

  • Qualification
  • Pay Allowances And Other Benefits
  • Acting Allowance
  • Responsibility Allowance
  • Basic Pay Entitlements / Allowances
  • Special Allowances
  • Duty Related Allowances
  • Detention Allowance/Pay Policy
  • Receipt Of Salary: Direct Deposit.
  • Advance Pay To Ranks
  • Pay Scale
  • Movement In Salary
  • Pay In Lieu
  • Pay Inquiries
  • Manpower Administration
  • Public Funds
  • Voluntary Regimental Subscription
  • Credit Union Savings
  • Rules – Credit Union’s Funeral Assistance Scheme
  • Procedure In Relation To Losses, Certain Special Payments 
  • Forfeiture Of Pay For Absence, Etc
  • Non Statutory Deductions From Pay
  • Enforcement Of Maintenance And Affiliation (Section 165 Of The
  • -Defence Act)
  • Deductions From Pay For Maintenance Of Wife Or Child Under
  • -Section 166 Of The Defence Act
  • Motor Insurance Documents – Ranks And Civilians
  • Superannuation Benefits 
  • What Is A Gratuity?
  • Gratuity: Pensionable Employees Dies
  • Retirement In The Interest Of The Force, For Misconduct, On Medical Grounds and Death
  • Clearances
  • Civilian Employees
  • Severance Pay 
  • Gratuity For Certain Fixed Tenure Appointment - Civilians
  • On Retirement - Invalidity Benefits 
  • Benefits For Retired Chiefs Of Staff 
  • Benefits For Retired Colonels 
  • Clearance, Pensions And Gratuities Procedures
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[item title="Chapter 7 - Leave Conditions"]

  • The Leave Year
  • Vacation Leave
  • Leave Entitlements
  • Policy
  • Salary In Lieu Of Leave
  • Public And Military Holidays
  • Leave While On Course Of Instruction
  • Leave On Completion Of Courses Or Attachment Overseas
  • Leave On Release From Detention
  • Absence Without Leave
  • Terminal Leave
  • Travelling Time 
  • Study Leave 
  • Compassionate Leave
  • Short Leave And Leave During Public Holidays 
  • Travel Abroad At Private Expense  
  • Personnel Sick On Leave Outside Guyana  
  • Recall From Leave 
  • Personnel On Leave In Guyana  
  • Personnel On Leave Outside Guyana 
  • Emergency Recall 
  • Change Of Leave Category 
  • Leave: On Death, Secondment,Resignation, Transfer, and On Dismissal
  • External Travel
  • Termination Of Service: On Retirement 
  • Special Leave 
  • Sick Leave 
  • Civilians 
  • No Pay Leave 
  • Types of Leave - Maternity, Funeral, Casual, Jury Service, and Certified Sick Leave 
  • Use Of External Medical Facilities 
  • Desertion/Absence Without Leave Procedure 
  • Returned To Unit (Rtu): Soldiers Absent Without Leave (Awol)
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[item title="Chapter 8 - Pregnancy"]

In Order To Maintain A Physically Fit Cadre Of Women And To Arrest The Apparently High
Incidence Of Abortion The Undermentioned Policy Has Been Enforced. 
 
  • Action On Discovery Of Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy And Family Care Counseling 
  • Pregnancy And Physical Activity 
  • Contravention Of Pregnancy Policy – Conditions Of Service 
  • Military Dress During Pregnancy 
  • Grant Of Maternity Leave 
  • Health Consideration After Pregnancy 
  • Posting After Maternity Leave
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[item title="Chapter 9 - Deaths And Funerals"]

  • Notification Of Death Of Foreign And Commonwealth Forces
  • Personnel
  • Circumstances Surrounding Death 
  • Benefits 
  • Death Overseas - Death On Duty/ On Leave  
  • Service Funerals and Procedures 
  • Funerals For Civilian Workers 
  • Benefits 
  • Wills 
  • Collection And Inventory Of Effects – In Guyana  
  • Disposal Of Personal Effects 
  • Custody, Packing And Shipment Of Effects  
  • Release Or Disposal Of Effects  
  • Personal Property Of Rank Serving Overseas  
  • Personnel Of Commonwealth Or Foreign Forces 
  • Soldiers Invalided For Insanity 
  • Effects Of Missing Persons And Prisoners Of War  
  • Death Benefits - Documentation And Action
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[item title="Chapter 10 - Personnel Welfare"]

  • General Principles -Attitude To Individual Welfare, Welfare Organisation, Welfare Fund, Welfare And Maintenance Of Parents, Sources Of Assistance At Unit Level, and Marriage 
  • Casualties
    • Reports To The Headquarters Guyana Defence Force 
    • Notification Of Next Of Kin Of Serious Illness Or Injury  
    • Patients Unable To Communicate With Relatives 
    • Reports Of Sickness Or Injury – Foreign And Commonwealth
    • Forces Personnel 
    • Responsible Reporting Officers  
  • Major Disasters - Casualty Organisation
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[item title="Chapter 11 - Gdf Military Road Transport"]

  • Prioritisation Of Vehicles  
  • Pool Vehicles 
  • Ambulances
  • Economy  
  • Maintenance  
  • Work Tickets  
  • Drivers Licences  
  • Procedure 
  • Compensation/Summary Awards  
  • Speed Limits 
  • Authorisation Of/Authorised Drivers  
  • Speed Limit – Base Camp Ayanganna/Stephenson 
  • Cell Phones – Force Drivers 
  • Vehicles Owned By Ranks/ Driving Vehicles In Military Bases 
  • Civilians 
  • Demands For Transport 
  • Duty Drivers 
  • Passengers In Military Transport 
  • Disclaimer Of Liability 
  • Safety
  • Welfare Buses 
  • Blameworthiness
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[item title="Chapter 12 - Honours And Awards"]

  • The Military Service Star And Military Efficiency Medals 
  • The Border Defence Medal - Grant Of Award, Presentations, Endorsements, Designs, Suffix, Forfeiture Of Award 
  • Military Efficiency Medal - Endorsements Clasps, Suffix, Forfeiture
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[item title="Chapter 13 - Discipline – General"]

  • Discipline: Soldiers, Civilian Workers
    • Losses - Reporting And Investigating Procedures  
    • Summary Punishment  
  • Discipline: Arrest:
    • Conduct of Arrrests
    • Officers And Warrant Officers Under Close Arrest
    • Investigation Of Offences 
    • Boards Of Inquiry  
    • Soldiers In Close Arrest and In Open Arrest  
    • Orders For Privates In Detention 
    • Prisoners Under Escort And Use Of Handcuffs
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[item title="Chapter 14 - Forms Of Military Dress"]

  • Mourning 
  • Spectacles
  • Decorations
  • Instructions For Wearing Decorations  
  • Dress Overseas 
  • Instructions For Wearing Uniforms 
  • Instructions For Females 
  • Instructions For Wearing Field Dress 
  • Use Of Civilian Clothing 
  • Use Of Military Raincoats  
  • Use Of Ponchos 
  • Dress Soldiers Under Sentence/Confinement 
  • Dress For Regimental Police 
  • Dress For Mess Staff On Special Occasion 
  • Other Forms Of Dress
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[item title="Chapter 15 - Force Physical Fitness Policy"]

  • Principles Of Exercise 
  • Fitt Factors 
  • Individual Readiness Test (Irt) 
  • Health 
  • Sport At Gdf 
  • Gdf BMI Program 
  • Medical Supervision Of Physical Training  
  • Medical Examination Of Sportsmen  
  • Basic Fitness Test 
  • Military Swimming Test
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[item title="Chapter 16 - Substance Alcohol And Other Forms Of Abuse"]

  • Drug Abuse – Marijuana (Ganja) 
  • Random Drug Testing 
  • Pre-Requisite 
  • Implementation Of Random Testing 
  • Notification Of Selection  
  • Amount Of Soldiers To Be Tested And Frequency Of Tests 
  • Deferral Of Testing  
  • Record Of Drug Tests 
  • Responsibility: Gdf/Ranks 
  • Alcohol Abuse  
  • Spouses And Child Abuse  
  • Smoking
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[item title="Chapter 17 - Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome"]

  • See the GDF HIV Policy

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[item title="Chapter 18 - General Legal Matters"]

  • Jurisdiction - In Guyana, In Commonwealth And Foreign Countries and In Security Cases World Wide  
  • Legal Advice And Proceedings 
  • Legal Assistance (Including Advice) 
  • Wills (See Also Chapter 9) 
  • Jury Service 
  • Rights Of The Soldier 
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[item title="Chapter 19 - Interdiction Of Guyana Defence Force Ranks"]

  • Procedure 
  • Commencement 
  • Status While Interdicted  
  • Conclusion Of Disciplinary Proceedings  
  • Interdictable Offences (Civil) 
  • Interdictable Offences (Military)
  • Employment During Period Of Interdiction  
  • Loss Of Benefits
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[item title="Chapter 20 - Military Information Policy"]

  • Method  
  • Clearance
  • Official Information And Public Relations
    • The Official Secrets Acts 
    • Disclosure Of Official Information  
    • Restrictions On The Use Of Official Documents  
    • General Considerations  
    • Applicability  
    • Outside Organisations  
    • Ex-Servicemen
    • Principles
    • Press Announcements  
    • Broadcasts And Press Interviews  
    • Payments For Broadcasting, Lecturing Or Writing For
    • Publication 
    • Outside Seminars And Study Conferences  
    • Questionnaires/Surveys  
  • Public Relations - Visits By Press Representatives
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