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Private Joel Peters (Best graduating Student) and Private Leron Torrington, the Runner-up, were among the 28 young soldiers graduated today, following their successful completion of the Grade III Artillery and Support Weapons Course.

Major Courtney Mendonca, delivered the feature remarks at the graduating ceremony, which was held at the Jaguar Lecture Hall at Base Camp Stephenson. He congratulated the soldiers on their accomplishment and encouraged them to keep pursuing knowledge as they serve. He also urged them to take a deep interest in their Units and the Force as a whole, and to gain as deep and purposeful an understanding of their role in enabling the GDF to fulfill its mandate to secure Guyana's territorial integrity.

During the 11-week course, the soldiers studied various modules which were designed to provide them with the introductory knowledge and skills development to develop competence in the preparation of Artillery weapons and ammunition for firing, to understand the factors which affect the accurate firing of the rounds, have the ability to effectively send and receive messages, using correct procedures, to understand the tactical functions of the various Artillery and Support Weapons in all phases of war, among other things. 

The graduation of these soldiers, 24 from the 21 Artillery Company, and four from the Support Company, enhances the capacities of these sub-units to support the Force in its missions.