CSMI Mac Iver left being presented with the Cadet Force Warrant by the Battalions Commandant Col Mac Donald

Ross-shire Volunteers Dedication Rewarded

Four of our Adults from Ross Company have recently had their outstanding dedication to the Army Cadets recognised last Thursday evening at our Battalion’s Cadet Training Centre in Dingwall as part of a Company Adult Engagement event.

Ross-shire Volunteers Dedication Rewarded

30 October 2021

  • 1st Battalion The Highlanders ACF

Company Sergeant Major Instructor Craig MacIver (34) and Sergeant Major Instructor Lorraine Woolley (57), were both presented with the Cadet Force Warrant. The Cadet Force Warrant was created in August 2020 after consent from the Defence Minister and is designed to recognise the value placed by the Ministry of Defence on the Senior Non-Commissioned Adults within the UK’s Cadet Forces.

CSMI MacIver rejoined the Army Cadets in 2016 as a volunteer with Alness Detachment, having been previously part of the organisation between 2005-2012 but unfortunately had to leave due to work commitments, having already been an ex-cadet himself. In December 2016 Craig moved to Dingwall Detachment as an instructor, where he was appointed as the Detachment’s Commander in 2018 and has only recently relinquished the command of the Detachment to SMI Woolley who took over Dingwall Detachment last month. Craig was appointed as Ross Company’s ‘Company Sergeant Major’ in 2019, as CSM Craig works closely the Company Commander in promoting Cadet Training and also represents his fellow adults within the Company and deals with matters on their behalf.

SMI Woolley who is the Detachment Commander for Dingwall Detachment is the battalion’s longest serving female adult instructor, having joined the Cadets in 1992 as an instructor with the battalion’s Inverness Company. On top of running a detachment, Lorraine is also very active in the cadet shooting world and is part of the Battalion Target Rifle Coaching Team which has seen her take cadets to represent the Battalion in the Inter-Service Cadet Target Rifle Meeting at Bisley Ranges in Surrey. The Cadet Force Warrant will be presented to all adult volunteers on promotion to Sergeant Major Instructor in the Army Cadets and their equivalent within the other Cadet Services, this includes those who have already achieved and holds the rank of SMI, to highlight the effort, achievement and the commitment required to reach this rank.

Staff Sergeant Instructor Alastair Smyth (42), who is an instructor with Alness Detachment, was presented with the 1st Clasp of the Cadet Force Medal which marks 18 years of service to the Cadet Forces. SSI Smyth has been involved in the Army Cadet Force since November 2002, having already been an cadet with the Combined Cadet Force. Like SMI Woolley, Alastair is a member of the Battalion’s Shooting Team training cadets for upcoming regional and national competition, skills that have been picked up by the National Shooting Team where in 2017 he was selected to help the British Cadet Rifle Team – the Athelings – training them with their annual exchange over in Canada.

The final presentation was made to Potential Instructor Andy Tait (19), from Dingwall Detachment, who was awarded his Master Cadet Certificate which he completed in his final months as a cadet last year, but due to lockdown he was unable to be awarded it at the time. The Master Cadet Course broadens and further develops the leadership, instructional and administrative responsibilities of 4-Star cadets, with the intention of making better use of their abilities. Unfortunately due to lockdown last year the course was moved online in the form of a virtual assessment board were the cadets were asked a series of leadership questions and scenarios. Andy rejoined the Battalion earlier this year, having only aged out as a cadet at the end of 2020. During his time has a cade Andy had climbed through the ranks, reaching to the rank of Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major and taken advantage of everything being an Army Cadet can offer, from representing the Battalion in International Shooting Competitions at Bisley to taking part in Rock Climbing qualification courses in Spain. In 2019 he was appointed as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet of Ross & Cromarty, were he assisted the Lord Lieutenant in their official duties as Her Majesty the Queen’s appointed representative of the area.

The adults were awarded their various presentations by the Battalion’s Commandant Colonel Mike MacDonald at the Battalion’s Cadet Training Centre in Dingwall.