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Cadets Returns

MAJ(AAC) Julie-Ann de Kantzow 

MAJ(AAC) Julie-Ann de Kantzow - Commanding Officer - WCCU

From Commanding Officer – WCCU, MAJ(AAC) Julie-Ann de Kantzow

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed the Cadet Unit together again as they paraded on the Centenary Quad on Friday afternoon. While not yet able to wear DPCU, being in school uniform actually gave our CUOs the chance to wear their berets as a mark of their rank. Very proudly did they stand as they commanded the parade.

The adversity over the past 16 weeks – the challenges of online schooling, the interruptions to safe routines, the changes to family dynamics and circumstances – has been such a trying time for all in our community. And yet I encourage our cadets to view it as a time of opportunity. It is in the midst of difficult times that the value of the Cadet program becomes more important. The development of tenacity, of strength of character, of leadership and of teamwork come to the fore during times of trial. To have the opportunity to take initiative, to look at things from a new perspective and to adapt doesn’t happen when things are easy, or when things are routine. This has been a time of growth. Courage, Initiative, Teamwork and Respect – let’s nurture these intentions while we wait for Cadets to be everything it can be.

This week, we look forward to the Golden Boot Competition – an inter-platoon contest of physicality, dexterity and Cadet skills, with all platoons vying for the coveted Golden Boot trophy. I would ask everyone to bring their PE uniform and a great attitude, and we will have a brilliant afternoon!