IT’S TIIIIIIIIME! HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2023!
International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the very essence of women all over the world. This day marks the importance of why women should be treated equally and equitably without any bias or prejudice.
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) joins in this celebration as we pause to recognize the inspiring and powerful women who serve at all levels within our organization.
We salute all women in law enforcement and all women across the island who continue to support our mandate to create a safer Jamaica.
Lance Corporal (LCpl) Stephanie Palmer was born in the parish of Kingston and later moved to Nassau, Bahamas, where she received her primary and secondary level education. It was during this time that she started her early career as a musician.
In August 2018, she began her tertiary journey at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
In October 2019, she enlisted in the JDF as the first female Professional Entry Enlisted Rank (PEER) in the Department of Music.
Upon completion of her basic training, she was posted to the Jamaica Military Band (JMB), Support & Services Battalion (SSB) as a Professional Clarinettist and also a vocalist in the JDF Pop Band.
In October 2020, she completed her Junior Leadership Qualification Course (JLQC) and was promoted to the rank of Local Lance Corporal in April 2021.
During her tenure as a musician, she has had the opportunity to perform at most diplomatic and state functions. She is also a part-time instructor at the Caribbean Military Academy (CMA).
We laud the musical talents of LCpl Stephanie Palmer.
Petty Officer Diana Drummond Thomas is the first female Class 1 Coxswain in the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard (JDF CG).
She was born in Moneague, St Ann where she attended the Moneague Primary and Junior High and Ferncourt High Schools. After her secondary studies, she attended the Runaway Bay Heart Academy where she graduated with a certificate in Entertainment Coordination in June 2007.
In February 2008, she enlisted in the Jamaica Defence Force where she has made steady progress in developing her career.
She has successfully completed a Supervisory Management Course and military courses including: Boatswain’s Mate “A” School, C1 Seamanship Course, Military Police Course, Naval Boarding Party Course, Systematic Search Course, Waterside Port Security Course, Safe Boat Course, Advanced Small Boat Operation, Communication & Information Technology Basic Course, Boarding Team Member Course (United States), Patrol Craft Coxswain Course, Military Service Funds Course and Senior Non-Commission Officer Cadre.
She has served in different appointments while at the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard and and other Units including: Class 1 Coxswain, Naval Police at the Port Royal Base, Instructor on Recruit Intakes at the Military Training Wing and an Instructor at the Caribbean Military Martine Training Centre (CMMTC), Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard (JDF CG) HMJS CAGWAY, Port Royal.
She was promoted to Petty Officer on May 1st 2020.
Bravo Zulu Petty Officer Drummond Thomas!
Cpl Julene JARRETT was born in the parish of St Ann where she attended the Watt Town
Primary and Browns Town High Schools.
She began her Military Service as a Recruit on 9th Oct 2011, during her Recruit training she was awarded the best Female Recruit. She attended the 0-C3 Pay Duties and All Arms Service Funds Course where she was the top student.
She was then posted to the Support and Services Battalion (SSB) in April 2014, where she was employed as a Pay Clerk. She was placed at JNR pay cell as an Assistant Pay Clerk. She was then promoted to Lance Corporal due to her exceptional performance.
In 2016, she attended the C3-C2 Military Pay Clerk Course where she was the 1st Runner-up student. In 2017, she attended the C2-C1 Pay duties course where she was also the 1st Runner-up on that Course. In May 2021, she was promoted to the rank of Acting Corporal. She was then transferred to Jamaica Military Pay 2 (JMP2).
Cpl Jarrett’s duties include: Head of Cell for 1 Engt Regt and HSC Battalion and assistant and overseeing JMP2.
Cpl Jarrett is a medal recipient since 2018. She was a member of the Femi Fetal Jamaica Tattoo and she has also represented the JDF overseas.
Today, we recognise Cpl Jarrett, a dedicated female servicemember of the JDF.