MORE than 85 new recruits of the Fiji Corrections Service turned up for their medical check-up at the Suva Corrections Centre yesterday.
A total of 105 have been confirmed to have landed a post with the service which was announced by Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu last week.
Lt-Col Vasu said the 105 new recruits would undergo a 12-week training course. "Due to the shortage we have in the service, we will combine physical training with on- the-job training which will help us with the manpower issue we face at the moment," he said.
FCS spokeswoman, Ana Tamani said at the moment they had a ratio of one officer to seven inmates which was one of the reasons they needed new recruits.
Mrs Tamani said many were present for the medical check-up with more women being part of this year's recruit drive.
Recruit Semaima Lagilagi Rarasea said she had always wanted to be a corrections officer.
"I am the first corrections officer in my family and I am happy that I was even given a chance to be part of the service," she said.
"The service has given me a chance to make a difference and provide security to those under the service's care."