November 23, 2007
65 Cadet Force officers promoted to higher ranks

Sixty-five officers have been promoted to higher ranks in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cadet Force.

Giving the Commandant’s Address last Saturday their Awards and Promotion Parade at the Old Montrose Police Station, Major Dwight Lewis said that the force was reorganized as a result of the increase in numbers. It now comprises three different sections with over 140 cadets.{{more}}

“The current structure provides greater possibilities for mobility for cadets and NCOs who are outstanding. It has also created roles and responsibilities for more officers which hitherto did not exist,” Lewis stated.

With a population of 450 cadet officers, Lewis expressed his satisfaction with having an administrative office with a staff of three, two of whom are full time public officers and one part time driver. They are also now owners of a brand new $70,000 vehicle.

Lewis however pointed out that despite the significant development in several areas, the absence of a headquarters and an appropriate parade ground are two problems they are facing. He however said that he is optimistic that the Prime Minister and the Minister of National Security will provide them with this facility.

Minister of Education Girlyn Miguel also expressed her satisfaction with the transformation of the force which has grown from 100 to 450 officers, and has hopes of reaching 650 officers with focus being placed on secondary schools in North Windward and Barrouallie.

The Lieutenant Allen Kirton Award for the most outstanding bandsman was won by Lance Corporal Danielle Williams, Best Shot for Marksmanship went to Lance Corporal Dillon Payne, Private Jamol Ferdinand received the Most Outstanding at Local Camp, the Most Outstanding NCO went to Sergeant Jameel Moore, the Commandant’s Award for the Most Improved Cadet went to Lance Corporal Alarick Wiseman while Private Camron Haywood received the Major St. Clair Leacock Award for the Most Outstanding Junior Cadet.

The cadets underwent training in drill, map and compass, leadership, method of instruction, weapon training, physical fitness, disaster management, music and band training, citizenship and community service. Already, 300 secondary students have registered in the 2007/08 recruitment. (SB)