LAST month, 380 students from around the capital were officially installed in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's rangers programme.
A number of awards were handed out during the installation services, including the Ministry of National Security Award, the Commodore's Award, the Director's Award and the Academic Achievement Award.
After inspecting the parade, Carl Smith, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, encouraged the students to live by the rangers motto: "Discipline, dedication and determination".
"Inductees, you are commended for your efforts and courageous decision to become a Defence Force ranger", said Mr Smith. "As members of the rangers organisation, you are expected to exemplify good and honourable behaviour that will bring credit to the rangers and to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force".
He also commended parents for their commitment and involvement in the programme, and urged them to continue supporting their children and the rangers.
After brilliant displays by the rangers drill team, the students were presented with certificates.
The Minister of National Security Award was presented to Tomiko Culmer, a student at C R Walker Senior High School, and the Commodore's Award was given to Reigene Dames from C I Gibson Senior High School.