Military Capabilities

Jamaica Defence Force aims to increase personnel, build new facilities

25 March 2019

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is aiming to grow from 6,000 troops up to 10,000 in order to expand the service's footprint on the island.

In addition to growing the size of the force, Kingston is building new facilities for the JDF. The Ministry of National Security announced in late January that new barracks have been constructed in Montego Bay, which now houses the JDF's Second Battalion.

The JDF has become increasingly involved in internal security, as it helps the Jamaican police crack down on criminal activity.

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