BDF Addresses Ration Controversy: Colonel Leal Responds to Soldiers’ Social Media Complaint
The Belize Defence Force issued a press release on Saturday to address the recent allegations circulating on social media regarding insufficient rations provided to patrol teams. On Friday, a photograph was leaked by one of the soldiers showing a picture of the rations that the soldiers had at their base in San Roman Village, Orange Walk. In a social media post, the anonymous soldier complained that the ration given to the soldiers is, quote, “getting worse, without chicken, baking powder or rice”. He added that not only was the ration cut short, but it is more juice than anything else. BDF’s Colonel Ricardo Leal responded quickly to address the matter stating that there was a miscommunication between the patrol commander and support staff since reports indicate that additional rations were set aside by the patrol commander on site which was -not shown in the leaked photograph. This is not the first instance of such a complaint. Late last year, similar complaints surfaced, where it was speculated to be a result of budget cuts. Prime Minister John Briceno and Minister of Defence, Florencio Marin Junior, had both responded to the report, saying there was no truth to any cuts made to the soldiers’ rations, and that there are adjustments being made to the soldiers’ diet, based on the advice of a newly hired nutritionist.