ABOUT 207 cadets under the command of Major John Morodore completed five days of camp at the Christ Church Foundation School where over 90 per cent of the students drawn from 16 of the island’s secondary schools were successful in the three components in whch they were tested.
Major Morodore praised the Cadets for their success in leadership, drills and map and compass, as well as the fact that there were hardly any disciplinary problems. Of the Star One Cadets, 104 out of 107 passed drill and 106 out of 108 were successful in map and compass.
The Star Two section saw 49 out of 50 passing drill and 49 out of 64 being successful in map and compass. Those people who were deemed not complete will receive further training to be retested in January.
The Cadets were also given the opportunity to display their marching skills in view of beaming parents and guardians who had assembled to take home their charges after the camp.
The Barbados Cadet Corps has been instrumental in providing life skills and basic military training along with the concomitant discipline for thousands of Barbados’ youth over the years. Some pundits have mooted the idea of the Cadet Corps being used as the closest thing to mandatory Youth Service in order to arrest the degeneration in the behaviour of the youth of the country.
Just last Friday the Cadet Corps was awarded the International Olympic Committee Order For The Contribution To Youth In Sports by the Barbados Olympic Association. Captain Delisle Bascombe, who was also a key player in the camp, had received the award on behalf of the Cadet Corps. (KB)