From WCCU Commanding Officer, MAJ(AAC) Julie-Ann de Kantzow
One of the exciting opportunities for cadets in the Cadet Unit is the prospect of promotion through the ranks. The first step in their leadership training starts with becoming a Corporal and Section Commander. As these skills are practised and honed with a section of recruits, cadets grow in their confidence and resilience. They are then able to adapt to the challenge of leading platoons and companies and, eventually, the Unit. We are now preparing for these courses, which are to be held in the September school holidays. The courses (Junior Leadership Course, Senior Leadership Course and Cadet Under Officers’ Course) are open to cadets in Years 9, 10 and 11, and will be held at the College to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Please keep an eye out this week for an email with more information.
Last week, cadets in the Unit enjoyed a number of activities, which we proudly shared via our new Instagram and Facebook accounts. Alpha Company were busy challenging themselves on the Climbing Wall, while 5PL tested their skills in the Navigation, Ratel and Fieldcraft Exercise. Charlie Company were the first to try their hand with the new UHF radios, practising those all-important ratel messages that are so crucial to safety in the field.
Our senior cadets are preparing themselves for their final few weeks in the Unit. Due to COVID-19 limitations, their Passing Out Parade will have a very different feel this year, but it will be all the more special for its intimacy. Rehearsals are underway for a ceremony that will be broadcast to parents and the Cadet community on 20 September.