Tasmanian Army Cadets have proven they are some of the best in the country at the Adventure Training Award held inCanberra.
Cadet Under Officer Keirnan Anderson of Wynyard and Cadet Sergeant Shaun Young of Goodwood competed alongside 52 other Cadets in the Australian Army Cadets’ most challenging competition.
During the week-long challenge, Cadets were tested on their navigation, field engineering and survival skills, physical and mental endurance, and their teamwork abilities, initiative and leadership.
Cadet Under Officer Anderson, aged 16, was awarded a Silver Commendation as part of a nine-cadet section that achieved second place in the Chief of Army Cadet Team Challenge. The Chief of Army Cadet Team Challenge is a two-day competition held at the conclusion of the Adventure Training Award to identify the champion section.
“The Adventure Training Award was fantastic. It was definitely the hardest experience I have had in cadets. We walked about 80 kilometres during the week. I see the course as the highlight of my cadet career,” Cadet Under Officer Anderson said.
Cadet Sergeant Young, aged 17, was also recognised for his exemplary commitment to cadets.
“I got a lot out of the course including mateship. The Adventure Training Award is about us demonstrating skills that we have learned previously but it’s still a chance to learn. I’m going to try and stay in the cadets as long as I can to try and help them out as they have helped me.”
The Adventure Training Award is designed as the most physically challenging and demanding set of activities in which Army Cadets can participate. Completion of the course gives cadets the right to wear the ‘Boomerang and Torch’ Adventure Training Award badge, the highest accolade an Army Cadet can wear on their uniform.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Senator David Feeney congratulated the Cadets for their achievement.
“It is always a pleasure to see young Australians involved in a community-based organisation, such as Army Cadets.
“Cadets and organisations like it provide a valuable service to the youth ofAustralia. That is why the Government wants these organisations to grow,” Senator Feeney said.
The Government is committed to the Australian Defence Force Cadets; it is a youth development program that provides young Australians with a unique military experience, regular physical activity and strong values, such as honour, integrity, courage, teamwork and citizenship.
Imagery from the Adventure Training Award is available at the following link:
For requests to interview Cadet Under Officer Anderson and Cadet Sergeant Young please contact Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999
Office of Senator Feeney: Jeffrey Von Drehnen 0477 348 476