The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps is seeking to bolster its ranks among women, hoping volunteers will follow in the footsteps of Lt. Col. Bobeth Daley-O’Garro, the second youngest female to be assigned acting commandant.
Ms O’Garro was promoted to the position at age 31 in February 2008 after joining the Cadet Corps on secondment from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Her role involves supervising officers and overseeing virtually all aspects of Corps life for Cadets.
“Her work has been instrumental in keeping our Corps going and becoming such a huge success,” said Maj. Ricardo O. Henry, adjutant training officer. “She goes above and beyond the call of duty; is always the first to volunteer when help is needed and is seen at nearly all of our activities. She has a way of making Cadets, parents, and volunteers feel at ease and welcome. We are extremely proud and feel lucky to have her leading our Cadets.”
Ms O’Garro said she hopes to see more involvement from females within the corps, as both cadets and as adult instructors, and believes the corps helps to develop leadership skills.
“The corps is a place for women to thrive, build confidence, and learn about themselves,” Lt. Col. O’Garro said. “Women may hold any position in the Corps, and female enrolment in the Cayman Islands has increased consistently over the last 10 years. Fifty percent of our current recruits are female, and I am proud to have watched many of our female graduates go on to successful careers in both the public and private sectors.”
Ms O’Garro holds a master’s of education in counselling, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology.
“Corps activities provide participants the opportunity explore various areas of interest,” Lt. Col. O’Garro said. “My favourite part of being a member of the Cadet Corps is watching the Cadets grow and gain self esteem while passing on the character virtues and values of the Corps.”
Securing yet another first, Lt. Col. O’Garro was appointed the first-ever female commandant to be a chairwoman of the Caribbean Commandant Association. She is a recipient of the Caribbean Cadet Medal for her service in the development of the Cadet Corps in the Cayman Islands and is also a recipient of the Cayman Islands Cadet Long Service Medal, Disaster Mitigation medal for services given during and in the aftermath of hurricanes Ivan, Dean and Paloma; as well as the Good Conduct and Meritorious Service Medal.
The Cayman Island Cadet Corps is a National Voluntary Youth organisation, sponsored by the Governor’s Office and the Ministry of Youth and administered by a local headquarters. The organisation aims to inspire young people to achieve success in life and to develop in them the qualities required of a good citizen.
The Cadet Corps has places for 70 recruits with the deadline for applications Friday, 28 September and the programme is slated to start 6 October. Interested persons can contact the Cadet Corp at 946-9810.