Preliminary Officer Teaching Programme (IOTP) provides main military officer teaching to Officer Cadets (OCdts) and their equivalents from laws enforcement and uniformed firms. The programme falls contained in the tactical diploma of the Expert Military Coaching (PME) framework of armed forces and is modelled from the Royal Military Academy Sandhursts’ (RMAS) Commissioning Course. It was designed with the direct assist and steering of RMAS Instructing and Help Workers.


Traditionally, the Jamaica Defence Energy’s (JDF) longstanding partnerships with militaries internationally has seen its OCdts being educated in academies inside the following worldwide areas: United States, England, Canada, China and India. Upon the return of OCdts to the JDF, there is a requirement for doctrine and dealing course of standardization because of varied concepts and differing contents of the teaching they’d undergone. That’s often achieved on the Unit diploma and later, through a Youthful Officers’ Course. The looks of COVID-19 added a model new diploma of complexity to journey, thus negatively affecting the strategy of sending OCdts overseas. Furthermore, the persevering with progress and restructuring of the Energy to cauterize the ballooning threats to nationwide security has prompted an elevated demand for newly commissioned Second Lieutenants.

On account of fastidiously tailor-made military and academic curricula, IOTP serves as a result of the course to take care of with the aforementioned issues. The methodology used addresses each scenario straight and the course, through the availability of a bespoke teaching syllabus, is match for the JDF and could be associated to the militaries and organizations contained in the Caribbean space and in numerous components of the world.


Having the RMAS technique to teaching at its core, IOTP is designed with a syllabus that sees feminine and male integration all by means of teaching. The course focusses on creating military talents and command with a administration ‘golden thread’. The course development permits the Instructing Workers to teach, assemble, develop and scrutinize an OCdt’s potential to resolve and speak exactly and ethically whereas beneath pressure and or stress. The expectation is that on commissioning, an OCdt shall be completely cognizant of the duties and personal conditions that being an Officer imposes upon them. The product of the IOTP shall be an ethical and robust Officer who has the info, talents, attitudes and psychological agility to adapt their decision-making course of and technique to any setting.


The home of IOTP is the Caribbean Military Academy (CMA) Newcastle, which is located on the Newcastle Hill Station, St Andrew, Jamaica.

Nestled inside the cool hills of upper St Andrew and amidst beautiful timber, ferns, ground orchids, delicate wild flowers and a profusion of ginger lilies, is the Newcastle

Teaching Depot primarily based in 1841 by Essential Fundamental Sir William Maynard Gomm (later Topic Marshall). Gomm, a veteran of the wars in the direction of revolutionary France and Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica from 1840 to 1841, relentlessly badgered the Battle Office in London to determine a mountain station for British troopers in Jamaica shortly after taking up his submit.

The considered the hill station was first raised by Gomm in a letter dated April 7, 1840 to Governor Sir Charles Metcalfe. Gomm recognized that whereas Up Park Camp was an excellent location for a barracks, it was matter to the ravages of yellow fever. In Jamaica the

British garrison was stationed on the plain at Up Park Camp, Stony Hill, Fort Augusta and Port Royal. Proper right here, on the frequent, 1 soldier died every 2½ days. In line with Russell, the yr 1838 was considered a ‘good’ yr: solely 91 males died. In 1839, 110 males perished and inside the following yr 121. Initially, the British authorities was conservative in approving a hill station for the troops in Jamaica. They’ve been concerned regarding the expense of the enterprise.

In May 1841, London lastly sanctioned Gomm’s efforts to assemble what’s thought to be the first eternal mountain station inside the British West Indies at Newcastle. The situation chosen was a espresso plantation protruding from the southern face of the grand ridge of the Blue Mountains. The British authorities paid £4,230 for the Newcastle site.

On the outbreak of World Battle II (1939-1945), life at Newcastle modified considerably. The British regiment was modified by Canadian regiments which remained at Newcastle all through the wrestle. With hostilities over in 1945, the Canadians left and as quickly as as soon as extra a British battalion was stationed there.

In 1958, the West Indies Federation was primarily based and the infantry regiments of the numerous Caribbean islands have been disbanded and reorganized into the West India Regiment. Newcastle turned a training depot, teaching recruits from throughout the West Indies as part of the

newly formed West Indies Federation. In 1962 when Federation was disbanded, the West India Regiment was moreover disbanded. Jamaica concurrently sought her independence, which was achieved on August 6, 1962. With independence, Newcastle was given to the Jamaican authorities as part of a traditional settlement of all military lands in Jamaica.