No 40-hour week in the army now!

Officers and enlisted ranks of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) have been reminded that their service has never been and will never be based on the 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 40-hour week framework.

This reminder came from the army’s chief of staff Colonel Alvin Quintyne as he reinforced the point that time in the military was not measured in such terms, and service called for personal sacrifice.

Chief of staff of the Barbados Defence Force Colonel Alvin Quintyne
Chief of staff of the Barbados Defence Force Colonel Alvin Quintyne

Quintyne was speaking at yesterday’s annual Barbados Regiment Colour To Church service at St Matthias Anglican Church.

Justice Sherman Moore (at right) taking the salute.
Justice Sherman Moore (at right) taking the salute.

“You the members of the Regiment, and indeed all our members of the BDF, are expected to respond whenever, wherever and however duty calls. Unlike public officers, the members of the force simply don’t have that choice allowed under Section 104 of the Safety And Health At Work Act , 2005 of refusing to carry our assigned tasks –– no matter how potentially dangerous the mission may be to your health, safety and well-being,” he said.

Quintyne stated that when duty came knocking at the doors of BDF members, being the “loyal sons and daughters of the Regiment and of this fair land”, they had to be at all times ready to respond, and to provide the best quality of military service through the sacrifice of time, energy and “even your lives in the interest of the security and well-being of the nation”.

“I seize this opportunity to remind the commanders of the various levels in the Regiment that this readiness to respond does not materialize overnight and neither does it depend solely on the machines, material and military might placed at your disposal. This readiness to respond, of which I speak, calls for good, decisive leadership at all levels in the Regiment’s hierarchy.

“In simple terms, machines, material and military might matter not, if the men and women at the tip of the force’s spear are not properly managed and led,” the chief of staff warned.

Quintyne also announced at the church service that the new BDF senior chaplain would be the rector of St Matthias Anglican Church, Reverend Hugh Sandiford.

Rector of St Matthias Church, Reverend Hugh Sandiford (left), greeting chief of staff of the Barbados Defence Force Colonel Alvin Quintyne (right) as Reverend Major (Retired) Mylon Springer (centre) looks on.
Rector of St Matthias Church, Reverend Hugh Sandiford (left), greeting chief of staff of the Barbados Defence Force Colonel Alvin Quintyne (right) as Reverend Major (Retired) Mylon Springer (centre) looks on.

That position was previously held by Reverend Canon Devere Murrell who served up until December 31 last year as former rector of St Matthias.

Delivering his first sermon as the newly appointed senior chaplain to the military, Sandiford, who commended the BDF for the good work it had been doing in protecting the country, said he looked forward
to offering his service.

 

3 Responses to No 40-hour week in the army now!

  1. Mac10 February 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Dammit, I was going to invade at 1800hrs. That scuppers that plan then!!

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  2. Tony Webster February 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I have always had a very high regard for our B.D.F. men and women, including their colaborative efforts with our R.B.P.F. as is often necessary. A trained, disciplined, effective group of loyal Bajans, with the best espirit de corps anywhere.
    Hmm…with all that established and no objections heard …I wonder if they could lend a hand, to run a few key ministries, with equal grace and efficiency? I offer no seditious suggestions…just maybe…they could second a ” few good men…where they are most needed?
    Congrats to our men and women in green!

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  3. Vin & Pat January 7, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    We want to give our appreciation to Rev.Maj.Mylon Springer for his dedicated service to the Barbados & British Armies.

    Reply

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