Army on the lookout for members

Army on the lookout for members

The South Australia Army Cadet Brigade are on the lookout for more recruits in Whyalla, with three representatives recently dropping in to engage with the local community.

Colonel Simon Ridgway, Major AAC Steven Green and Second Leiutenant AAC Ian Crama were in the steel city last week, looking to boost local numbers in the cadets.

Col Ridgway said recruitment had been going well across South Australia, however Whyalla currently has only two staff, so the trio had been interviewing potential staff members in the region.

"When we've got sufficent staff we will then engage further with the community to recruit some teenagers into our program," he said.

"There are seven cadets in Whyalla at the moment, and Port Lincoln has about 40, so we're looking to get some more people involved because it's a big town."

The Army works with young people through the cadets to give them leadership skills and self confidence through military-like training which does involve live fire sessions.

"We're teaching them how to live in the field, drill, navigation, first aid, and we also teach them how to shoot," he said.

"A couple of times a year they get to shoot the current service rifle with live rounds, and if they're 16 they get to shoot the light support weapon which is full auto."

The main programs are run in the school holidays, with adventurous training being held in April and the leadership program being run in the middle year holidays.

"We provide leadership opportunites through teaching, we are providing them leadership theory and giving them instructional techniques so they can teach junior cadets in delivering our program," Col Ridgway said.

"Our program in South Australia is primarily delivered by other teenagers in the program - we give them rank and responsiblities and the ability to lead small teams."

Major Steven Green is the Air Batallion Commander and helps to faciliate cadets teaching cadets, with eight toal units in the air batallion ranging from Port Lincoln to Broken Hill.

"We base our training on the core values of respect, teamwork, leadership and intiative," he said.

"Cadets get a lot of self confidence out of being in the program and go on to publicly speak about what they do."