Whyalla Deputy Mayor Jenny Barnes had the pleasure of representing council at the annual end-of-year parade for the Whyalla Army Cadet Unit (41 ACU).
The parade involved 12 cadets from the unit and included speeches and a demonstration of webbing and pack contents. It was good timing for the annual parade with the Royal Military College – Duntroon cadets having just recently finished exercises in Whyalla.
Awards were also presented with Cr Barnes presenting the Mayor’s Award on behalf of Mayor Lyn Breuer while RSL president Kevin Higgins also presented an award.
“There were lots of proud parents, extended family and friends there, it was a fantastic event and such a great thing to be part of,” Cr Barnes said.
“It is wonderful to see such fantastic youth in Whyalla.”
The unit’s commanding officer, Sergeant Dave Hughes explained the parade is the culmination of year’s training and activities for the cadets.
“The incoming cadets fill out the necessary paperwork and are taken on an induction weekend,” Sgt Hughes said.
“From there it is a year of camps, exercises and activities where the cadets learn about comradery, discipline, fitness and practical skills.
“They also get to travel for the AFX (Annual Field Exercise) which is a week-long camp.
“The cadets get to see and do things no other kids would ever have the opportunity to do and see.”
The 41 ACU is open to children aged 13 (as of next year) to 19 with a nominal fee per term. Those interested in being involved in the cadet unit next year can contact Sgt Hughes on 0417 424 703.