150 recruits enlist in SVG Cadet Force
June 2, 2006
150 recruits enlist in SVG Cadet Force

The Commandant of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cadet Force Major Dwight Lewis has described the organisation as progressing towards mass movement status. He was at the time addressing the Passing Out Parade and Investiture Ceremony for cadet recruits.

In a short but impressive ceremony witnessed by parents, family, friends and well-wishers, over 150 recruits from secondary schools across the country were formally enlisted as members of the Cadet Force. {{more}}According to the Cadet Commandant, it is the largest single intake of new members in the near 70-year history of the local cadet movement. He outlined that it forms part of the expansion and decentralization of the local cadet movement throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The recruits completed five months of training in drill, military knowledge, civics, history of the Cadet Force, physical training and expeditions.

The investiture ceremony saw the recruits taking the cadet oath of allegiance after being presented to the Commandant. This was followed

by the Commandant’s address in which he implored the new cadets to remain focused and allow the cadet experience to make a difference in their lives. He emphasized that cadet training is essentially the informal training that the individual needs to assist them in playing a meaningful role in society. “It is by nature, a multifaceted approach to self development in particular and social development in general,” the Commandant explained.

Several recruits were granted awards for outstanding performances in the programme. Omarry Thewitt, Kevin Phillips, Shasha Richards, and Alanzo De Shong were Best at Theory.

The award for the Most Outstanding at Physical Training, male and female went to Wendel Prescott and Tamalia John respectively. Camron Ollivierre captured the award for the Most Outstanding at Drill. He was also adjudged the Most Outstanding Recruit.