Prestigious awards earned in the Army Cadet Force have been enhancing the CVs and Personal Statements of local teenagers. At a ceremony held recently at The Queen’s University Great Hall, Colonel Maurice Warnock, Cadet Commandant of 2nd Northern Ireland Battalion Army Cadet Force, presented Cadet Sergeant Katrina Rawlins and Cadet Lance Corporal Michael Tomlinson, all from Banbridge, (pictured) with Cadet Four Star Army Proficiency Certificates, a form of training which encourages Cadets to develop a vast range of skills from fieldcraft and first aid to sport and community work as they progress from one to four Star recognition. Katrina also earned the Bronze Certificate for the National Navigation Award Scheme, a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages to learn navigation skills and gain confidence to get out and enjoy the countryside.
Reinforcing the importance and value of such achievements, Colonel Warnock said, “Membership of the Cadet Force has long been highly regarded by employers and those in higher education, but now we are enhancing that reputation by providing Cadets with still more opportunities to earn important and even nationally recognized qualifications – and, much to their credit, Katrina and Michael have taken full advantage of those opportunities. In doing so, they have enhanced both their confidence and their employability.”
Colonel Warnock concluded, “Cadet membership is a pass-time which is growing in popularity as more young people look for positive outlets for their energy and talents. Within a supportive and encouraging Cadet Detachment, they can expect not only to take on new skills, but also to develop personal confidence and make lasting friendships – and parents as well as teenagers will be delighted to learn that the opportunities we provide are all either free or extremely low in cost.”
The Banbridge Detachment of the Army Cadet Force which meets at Scarva Road in the town each Monday is currently seeking to recruit new members. For further information about Cadet membership there or across the County check out www.reservesandcadetsni.org.uk or telephone 0800 730 730.