Many of our cadets spend a considerable amount of their spare time at detachment – it’s a real community, and it can feel like a second family. So to help parents and other family members get a real taste of what we do on a parade night, as well as learn about camps, community engagement and more about the full cadet experience, Manor Top recently welcomed 45 family members to join us on a parade night. Many families are new to the ACF, with a large number of cadets having joined the detachment in September. It was great to be able to spend more time with them, and to celebrate many of the achievements of the cadets over the last year.
We started the evening with the Winter Camp Drill Team demonstrating their routine, and they again gave a stellar performance – all their hard work, discipline and passion really showed. Cpl Boden led the squad and her Dad was particularly bemused to discover she has such a strong drill voice! Detachment 2Lt Kate Jackson then gave a presentation to everyone, running through many of our highlights over the last year and looking ahead to future opportunities for the cadets, and explaining why we train in the way we do. A number of our cadets did themselves and the detachment proud by talking about their experiences in front of the whole group of 75!