The country’s one step closer to having a military-based programme for dealing with unattached youth.

This, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has tabled amendments to the Defense Act to facilitate the creation of the Jamaican National Service Corp, JNSC.

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The Jamaican National Service Corp will form a third category of the JDF, joining the regular force and the reserves.

It’s expected to recruit some one-thousand youth between 18 and 23 each year.

Mr. Holness says its personnel will also be treated as soldiers and subject to military law.

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Mr. Holness says the country cannot afford to lose young people to crime.

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness was speaking yesterday in the House of Representatives.