With the recent attention focused on certain aspects of the training programme of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps, we would like to share with your readers some highlights the Corps’ activities over the last 12 months:
The Cayman Islands is the first Caribbean country to be given associate membership in the International Army Cadet Exchange and consequently in July, hosted 15 cadets and their adult escorts from Canada, the USA, the UK, and Australia, while sending eight of our own to Canada, the UK, and the USA.
Sixteen cadets and three adult escorts travelled to Barbados to participate in the 2007 Caribbean Challenge Cadet Camp from 22 July through 4 August and while there placed third overall in cadet competition.
The Cayman Brac Detachment was established in September 2006 and now has more than 90 registered cadets of which 50 attended the annual camp at the Stacey Watler Agricultural Pavilion in July.
The first ever parade for Remembrance Day held in Cayman Brac on 12 November, 2006, was spearheaded by the Corps, and involved drill performances by a combined unit included cadets from Grand Cayman.
Another first for the Corps is that of Cadet Cpl. Ginnel Stephenson, who on 15 April became the first person outside the United Kingdom to receive the BTEC First Diploma in Public Services, which is equivalent to four GCSE ordinary levels subjects.
Since then, she has been accepted as a student at the University College of the Cayman Islands on the strength of the diploma. The BTEC programme, managed in the UK by the Cadet Vocational Qualification Officer, is a successor of the City & Guilds technical educational programme.
In July, the Corps established a Marine Detachment under the expert leadership of a retired experienced naval commander, and over the coming months, the Corps will be seeking to increase the exposure of the cadets through joint programmes with organisations and individuals with expertise in Cayman’s maritime heritage.
Over the last year, cadets have also been trained and certified in the basic skills of sailing, scuba diving, fire safety, search and rescue, and the culinary arts. Additionally, during the same period, the Corps has trained and certified adult members of the Cayman Islands uniformed services in first aid and CPR.
In sharing these highlights, we wish to emphasise that the Corps is staffed by a small cadre of full time officers and NCOs and supported by larger team of adult volunteers, all dedicated to the mission of developing the youth of the Cayman Islands to become responsible, loyal, and productive members of the community at home and abroad.
For their continued support and encouragement, we are grateful to the governor, government ministers, members of the Legislative Assembly, parents, businesses, volunteers, full time staff, friends, well-wishers, members of the public, and, of course, the cadets themselves.
T H B Stewart, Major – Public Relations and Welfare Office
Cayman Islands Cadet Corps