The Junior Leaders Programme (JLP) was established after receiving the approval for its creation of the Defence Board in 1977. Recently, it has become a part of the Barbados Defence Force’s (BDF) strategic positioning for youth development. Therefore, it has been re-energised and it is now a Company within the Barbados Cadet Corps.
The aim is to expand the youth development programme of the Barbados Defence Force by training cadets in military and life skills; and so, providing added value to the participants’ academic, vocational and social development. Ultimately, the JLP will produce responsible, disciplined adults who are ready to make a meaningful contribution to national development. This strategic alignment with national policy will result in keeping our youth off the streets in a structured and disciplined environment. Also, as part of the BDF’s strategic platform, it will attract recruits to the Regular and Reserve Forces in support of succession planning.