It’s just a matter of time before conscription becomes a figment of the past now that Bermuda’s senators have passed the Bill to end it once and for all.

Progressive Labour Party Senator Jason Hayward, in his remarks in the Upper House yesterday, said many volunteers would serve beyond the three-year requirement.

Independent Senator James Jardine had high praise for the Royal Bermuda Regiment for having a “positive impact on many of our young people”.

He also said that he was interested to hear more about an educational and training programme for volunteers and that he anticipates an increasing RBR budget in the years ahead for duties including Coast Guard services.

The Defence Amendment Act 2018 passed without objection.

The Bill now moves on to Government House to be signed into law by Governor John Rankin.