Motto: First and Foremost

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The First Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (1 JR) was formed on
31 July 1962, a week prior to Jamaica’s independence.   The Unit was created from the First Battalion of the disbanded West India Regiment.

 Based on the steady growth of the Batallion and the changing security environment, in May 1979 the decision was taken to divide the Battalion to form a second infantry Batallion for the regular Force.   The First Battalion was split and four companies (a headquarter company and 3 rifle companies) were taken to form the nucleus of the Second Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (2JR).

The unit has a proud tradition of excellence, excelling in inter-unit competitions of the Jamaica Defence Force as represented in its motto "First and Foremost".