MARIGOT–The Gendarmerie organized two recruitment days for Gendarme Reservists and volunteers for Gendarme Assistant on March 2 and 3, in the compound at La Savane. The recruitment days, part of the National recruiting initiative, was previously announced in the press.
A Reservist counsellor, Commandant of the Gendarmerie in Guadeloupe and the Northern Islands, and staff of Centre de Recrutement Concours et de Sélection (CRCS) from St. Claude, were assisted by personnel of the Gendarmerie in St. Martin.
It was noted some 60 applications were submitted, the most ever from St. Martin.
“The response from various units of Reservists from France, who came to St. Martin after Hurricane Irma to help, has been the main source of motivation for these young people who are between ages 25 and 30,” the Gendarmerie observed. “Having seen Reservists from France participating in the security of the island, they decided they wanted to get involved as well. And they were also inspired by the two Reservists of St. Martin we have working here.
“Some 75 per cent of the candidates were women and that is significant leading up to Women’s Day on March 8. This massive response from women shows that the Gendarmerie appears to be an attractive institution for men and women equally. St. Martin women particularly want to invest themselves for the good of their country.”
There were two phases to the recruitment process; completion of a six-dimensional personality profile and a one-to-one interview with an officer or non-commissioned recruitment officer. Once selected, the future reservists will participate in a 15-day training course during the summer. The candidates will know the results a few weeks after the personality profiles have been analysed in France. Location of the training course will either be in Guadeloupe or St. Martin.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/74374-sixty-applications-submitted-for-gendarmerie-reservist