Yesterday, whilst it was Armed Forces Day, Cadets from around the county were once again out and about, training, learning, and engaging with the public.
In Bovington, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry staged a fantastic Engagement Day with 61 cadets and 6 adults from Dorset ACF attending.
Cadets were treated to a wide range of stands before being served up a BBQ lunch with ice cream and each received a gift of a water bottle to take home as a memento of the day.
Dorset RSMI, Mickey Matthews said: "I would like to thank the Commanding Officer, RSM, and staff of the RWxY on behalf of Dorset ACF for facilitating a great experience for our Cadets"
Cdt Liam Smith from the Bovington Detachment added: "I would like to thank all the staff that were with us today who gave their weekend to give us an amazing day that was full of fun stuff. So thank you all"
Meanwhile, over in Dorchester, Cadets and staff attended an Armed Forces Day event over at The Keep, Military Museum where they engaged with visitors to the event alongside members of 6 Rifles before going on a guided tour of the museum and its exhibits.
SI Rebecca Harrison, who enjoyed the first public event since the covid-19 pandemic began, said: "It was great to see the ACF back in the community again. Being on display at our local museum, and with members of 6 RIFLES really shows our links to the area and our place in the Rifles regimental family."
Adding: "A big thank you to Elliot Metcalfe, Director of The Keep for inviting us and the team of volunteers for hosting us safely."
In the North of the county - Blanford Detachment also took part in an Armed Forces Day Event, supporting their local parade.
Members of the Detachment paraded and proudly carried their Detachment Banner. Detachment Commander SI David Rycroft said: As an ex Regular Soldier and now Detachment Commander, I'm very proud indeed to see my Cadets taking part today."
Finally: Cadets from East (El Alamein) Company took part in another Skill at Arms & Shooting day at Wallisdown Detachment.
Training continued on the Cadet GP rifle with training and shooting on the Cadet Scorpion Air Rifle and Cadet Small Bore Target Rifle.
Poole Detachment Commander, Lt Mark Tilsed commented: " I've been really impressed with the work of the Cadets today, their enthusiasm and hard work came through and showed itself when on the range, with some excellent shooting."
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