Profession Discuss – The Curriculum Vitae – Jamaica Info Service


Preliminary Officer Coaching Programme (IOTP) offers primary army officer coaching to Officer Cadets (OCdts) and their equivalents from regulation enforcement and uniformed companies. The programme falls inside the tactical stage of the Skilled Army Training (PME) framework of armed forces and is modelled from the Royal Army Academy Sandhursts’ (RMAS) Commissioning Course. It was designed with the direct assist and steering of RMAS Instructing and Assist Employees.


Historically, the Jamaica Defence Pressure’s (JDF) longstanding partnerships with militaries internationally has seen its OCdts being educated in academies within the following international locations: United States, England, Canada, China and India. Upon the return of OCdts to the JDF, there’s a requirement for doctrine and working process standardization because of the various ideas and differing contents of the coaching they’d undergone. That is usually carried out on the Unit stage and later, by means of a Younger Officers’ Course. The appearance of COVID-19 added a brand new stage of complexity to journey, thus negatively affecting the method of sending OCdts abroad. Moreover, the continuing enlargement and restructuring of the Pressure to cauterize the ballooning threats to nationwide safety has brought on an elevated demand for newly commissioned Second Lieutenants.

As a result of rigorously tailored army and educational curricula, IOTP serves because the course to deal with with the aforementioned concerns. The methodology used addresses every problem instantly and the course, by means of the supply of a bespoke coaching syllabus, is match for the JDF and can be related to the militaries and organizations inside the Caribbean area and in different elements of the world.


Having the RMAS strategy to coaching at its core, IOTP is designed with a syllabus that sees female and male integration all through coaching. The course focusses on growing army abilities and command with a management ‘golden thread’. The course construction permits the Instructing Employees to coach, construct, develop and scrutinize an OCdt’s capability to resolve and talk precisely and ethically whereas below strain and or stress. The expectation is that on commissioning, an OCdt can be absolutely cognizant of the tasks and private situations that being an Officer imposes upon them. The product of the IOTP can be an moral and sturdy Officer who has the data, abilities, attitudes and mental agility to adapt their decision-making course of and strategy to any surroundings.


The house of IOTP is the Caribbean Army Academy (CMA) Newcastle, which is positioned on the Newcastle Hill Station, St Andrew, Jamaica.

Nestled within the cool hills of higher St Andrew and amidst stunning timber, ferns, floor orchids, delicate wild flowers and a profusion of ginger lilies, is the Newcastle

Coaching Depot based in 1841 by Main Common Sir William Maynard Gomm (later Subject Marshall). Gomm, a veteran of the wars in opposition to revolutionary France and Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica from 1840 to 1841, relentlessly badgered the Struggle Workplace in London to ascertain a mountain station for British troopers in Jamaica quickly after taking over his publish.

The thought of the hill station was first raised by Gomm in a letter dated April 7, 1840 to Governor Sir Charles Metcalfe. Gomm identified that whereas Up Park Camp was a perfect location for a barracks, it was topic to the ravages of yellow fever. In Jamaica the

British garrison was stationed on the plain at Up Park Camp, Stony Hill, Fort Augusta and Port Royal. Right here, on the common, 1 soldier died each 2½ days. In accordance with Russell, the 12 months 1838 was thought-about a ‘good’ 12 months: solely 91 males died. In 1839, 110 males perished and within the following 12 months 121. Initially, the British authorities was conservative in approving a hill station for the troops in Jamaica. They had been involved concerning the expense of the enterprise.

In Could 1841, London lastly sanctioned Gomm’s efforts to construct what’s considered the primary everlasting mountain station within the British West Indies at Newcastle. The location chosen was a espresso plantation protruding from the southern face of the grand ridge of the Blue Mountains. The British authorities paid £4,230 for the Newcastle web site.

On the outbreak of World Struggle II (1939-1945), life at Newcastle modified slightly. The British regiment was changed by Canadian regiments which remained at Newcastle all through the battle. With hostilities over in 1945, the Canadians left and as soon as once more a British battalion was stationed there.

In 1958, the West Indies Federation was based and the infantry regiments of the assorted Caribbean islands had been disbanded and reorganized into the West India Regiment. Newcastle turned a coaching depot, coaching recruits from everywhere in the West Indies as a part of the

newly shaped West Indies Federation. In 1962 when Federation was disbanded, the West India Regiment was additionally disbanded. Jamaica concurrently sought her independence, which was achieved on August 6, 1962. With independence, Newcastle was given to the Jamaican authorities as a part of a normal settlement of all army lands in Jamaica.