Cadet Corps reaches new milestones

The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps reached new milestones on Sunday, when three cadets received the highest local qualifications to date and one earned an internationally recognised diploma.

Acting Governor George McCarthy inspects

Acting Governor George McCarthy inspects the parade, starting with the senior cadets of the George Town 1st Platoon. Photo: Carol Winker

The occasion was also a graduation ceremony for 17 recruits who completed three months of rigorous training. They are now cadets in the 2nd platoon of the George Town detachment.

The ceremony, referred to as a passing-out parade, was held in Celebration Square, located behind the Law Courts Building in George Town.

Dignitaries, including Acting Governor George McCarthy and Police Chief Superintendent John Jones, joined family members and friends in applauding cadets for their achievements.

The newest individual cadet so recognised was Eric Flores, outstanding recruit.

Three cadets received three-star qualifications: Martina Bodden, Teresita Ebanks and Theodore Kelly Jr.

Master of ceremonies Captain Ricardo Henry explained that cadets work at one-, two- and then three-star levels of competence in the various programmes. The three-star awards were made for the first time since the Cadet Corps was formed in 2001. The ultimate level, not yet attained locally, is four-star.

Jinnel Stephenson became the first cadet outside the United Kingdom to qualify for a BTEC First Diploma in Public Services. This international qualification is the equivalent of four GCSE passes at A-C level.

Mr. Henry said the diploma helps students meet entrance requirements when they go on to further study. Cadet Stephenson is pursuing an associate degree in business at UCCI.

After a display of sentry duty formations, activities spilled over to Albert Panton Street when six cadets displayed the teamwork required of fire fighters. They had trained with the Fire Service as part of their studies in safety and first aid. The two teams controlled the direction of the water stream under heavy pressure and then secured the equipment so that it would be ready for immediate use when needed.

Other highlights of the parade included inspection by Mr. McCarthy, the march pass and the cadets’ promise.

This was delivered by the recruits, who promised to honour God and family, Queen and country, and do their best to serve loyally and honourably through the Cadet Corps to which they now belong.

The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps was originally one unit, with participants meeting in George Town. Now there are detachments in West Bay and Cayman Brac, which sent five cadets to the George Town parade. The programme will expand to East End by the end of the year, Captain Ricardo Henry said.

The Cadet Corps has seven staff members and about 200 cadets. The cadets range in age from 11 to 19, with an approximate ratio of 60 per cent male, 40 per cent female.

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