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Falling out

Falling out Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Browne. (FP)

By Maria Bradshaw | Thu, November 29, 2012 - 12:11 AM

A “turf war” waged for control of the Barbados Cadet Corps has resulted in the Cadet commandant resigning from his post.

Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Browne who held the post of Cadet commandant since 2004, surrendered that position “with immediate effect” two weeks ago, after losing a legal battle which he brought against the chief of staff of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), the Barbados Defence Force Board and the Attorney General.

Browne who brought the civil case back in 2009 had submitted to the Court that the Barbados Cadet Corps – which is made up of school cadets – was not a unit of the BDF and that as a result the chief of staff of the BDF could not lawfully issue orders and directives to the Cadet commandant.

But a decision which was recently handed down by High Court Judge Maureen Crane-Scott found that the Barbados Cadet Corps was not an independent entity but an arm of the BDF and “accordingly comes under the jurisdiction” of that military institution and that consequently the Cadet commandant, which was inferior to the rank held by the Chief of Staff, was subject to the orders and directives of the chief of staff as the superior commanding officer.

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Posted by SANDREA BUTCHER 1 year, 10 months ago
Lt Col Browne seemed to have had a moment of madness. Since its inception, the Barbados Cadet Corps (BCC) has been a youth wing of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF). The BCC has depended on the BDF for administrative support. The rank structure is a carbon copy of the BDF. The BCC even uses the same service writing as the BDF.
During the 'falling out' between the two units the cadets could not use the weapons of the BDF. I remember the days when the senior members of the BCC represented Barbados at international shooting competitions and brought back home the spoils. Even the sea cadets have to use the resources of the Barbados Coast Guard.
Man wha' he did really mean by "was not a unit of the BDF"?

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 10 months ago
Where was it so blurred that Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Browne would not have known that the Cadets fall within the ambit of the Defence Force?

It's just power play by the boys in uniform and boots. Thankfully it was settled in a court of law.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
Does this ruling imply that cadets are prequalified to selection into the bdf?

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 10 months ago
I am sorry to see you go Lt Colonel, but did you get too big for your boots?

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Posted by David Brathwaite 1 year, 10 months ago
Since it's inception the Barbados Cadet Corps was the youth wing of the BDF?? What nonsense is that? Cadets was formed in 1904 which was LONG before the BDF was even thought of! However, under the Defence Act of the 1970's, Cadets then became the youth arm of the Defence Force. Do not speak as an authority on something you clearly know nothing about.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 10 months ago
@ David Brathwaite, like you I thought the Barbados Cadet Corp existed long before the Barbados Defence Force, but I could be wrong. The latter's forerunner, the Barbados Regiment according to records was formed in 1979. There is mention of the Barbados Volunteer Force being officially formed in 1948, but being active from 1902. It would be good if our historians could see to it that this important piece of information is accurately documented.

On a different note, I am still disappointed taht Lt. Col Browne would choose to resign, but I guess one has got to know best.

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