Today our Year 9 boys parade for the last time with the Waverley College Cadet Unit as recruits. It has been an unusual time for these boys to experience Cadets, and they have had to see past many COVID-19 ramifications and cancellations to see what could have been and what will be possible.
That is a huge demand on young people, but hopefully, in this term of Climbing Walls, Laser Tag, Archery, Swim Testing, Hutchie Lessons, Methods of Movement, Camo and Concealment, Health and Hygiene in the Field and Rations Lessons, they have found something to connect with, and have made new friendships across different social groups.
At training today, recruits were given a chance to see what their options are if they choose to stay in Cadets. For some, leadership and service will be a priority, for others becoming a Pioneer on the way to trying out for X Platoon will be key.
There is something for everyone, across Medics, Media, Logistics, Band and Signallers, with more platoons planned for the future. The decision to stay with Cadets is something to consider after camp.
Do You Have All Your Equipment on the AFX Equipment List?
The best, of course, is yet to come with AFX, and our rank have been working hard to prepare the activities, the stores and the logistics, so all our cadets have a fantastic and engaging time on camp.
Please make sure you have all your equipment on the AFX Equipment List and don’t forget your thermals! It will be cold at night in Canberra. And with the current weather trends, your poncho is also essential.
Please note, the Q Store is now closed, and any provisions not already collected can be purchased from camping stores or military disposal stores.
AFX is the culmination of skills and training across the Unit, not just for our recruits. Next week, our Senior Rank will be testing their leadership in a Command Post Exercise, and we will meet with Middle Rank, while X Platoon and Pioneers enjoy the final session of Archery.
I thank everyone; recruits, cadets, rank, parents and staff; for their ongoing support of the largest youth development program in Australia, and for your understanding of the context we have been working within over the past two years.
MAJ(AAC) Julie-Ann de Kantzow
Commanding Officer – WCCU