Armed Forces: Turks and Caicos Islands

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 25th February 2021.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is providing for the establishment of the Turks and Caicos Islands Regiment.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to the establishment of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Regiment. MOD support that has or will be provided includes:

Six places on the eight-week Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) Commissioning Course (Short)

The provision of Short-Term Training Teams (STTTs) to deliver basic training packages for up to 150 recruits

The provision and delivery of personal clothing and equipment for each of these recruits and officers

Further STTTs focused on a 'train the trainer' approach to produce qualified instructors able to train further recruit intakes without direct UK support

Our Defence Attaché is working closely with the Regiment's Commanding Officer to provide this package of support on a timeline that suits them. This same package of support is being delivered to the Cayman Islands Regiment.

In addition, in order to assist the establishment and onward professional development of both Regiments, the UK will soon deploy a military staff instructor to the region to work directly with the Regiments' leadership on attaining self-sufficiency.

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