The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps is seeking cadets and adult leaders on Grand Cayman and the Brac for the new school year.
Young people ages 11 to 19 have until Sept. 17 to enlist. Volunteer instructors should be over 21 years old. Previous military or cadet experience is welcomed but not necessary, as training is provided.
The organization is also seeking musicians, as well as men and women with marine experience.
The government-sponsored program requires about five hours each week, including after school and weekends.
Recruits undergo a three-month recruitment process, then transition into a training regimen that can cover four years.
The free youth development program focuses on discipline, citizenship, education and other positive activities. Subjects on which new cadets will receive instruction include camping, first aid, skill-at-arms, seamanship, drill and parades, as well as community outreach, citizenship, leadership and sports.
The commandant, Lt. Col. Bobeth O’Garro, said, “The program covers areas of interest as diverse as the young people themselves.”
She said that a goal for the immediate future is to have at least 10 percent of the high school population enlisted in the Cadet Corps, and “to ensure that it is a fun, stimulating experience for the youth.”