New Year, New Battalion, New Battery

1 February 2018

The future of the cadet movement on Orkney and Shetland has been kept alive with the amalgamation of the two island’s Army Cadet units into our own Battalion. Orkney Independent Cadet Battery Army Cadet Force and Shetland Independent Cadet Battery Army Cadet Force amalgamated with the Battalion at the start of the year, creating the Army Cadet Force’s largest cadet county in the UK.

The amalgamation, which took place on January 1st, saw Orkney and Shetland Army Cadet Forces being incorporated as our sixth sub-unit, called Orkney & Shetland Battery. The Battalion now covers the Highlands, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. The Battery is commanded by Major Andrew Barton (55), the former Commandant of Orkney Independent Cadet Battery Army Cadet Force and for the past 12 months the acting commandant of Shetland Independent Cadet Battery Army Cadet Force. The amalgamation has been welcomed by all three cadet organisations to keep the cadet movement in the north of Scotland alive.

Last weekend Adult Instructors of the new Battery held an adult training weekend on Orkney to get to know each other and also discuss the future cadet training for their cadets. The weekend ended with two promotions by Battery Commander, Major Barton. Brae Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Cheryl Haynes (50) was promoted to Second Lieutenant and Lieutenant Bruce Durrand (54) was promoted to Captain and also appointed as the Battery’s new Training Officer.

Orkney & Shetland Battery has four detachments which cover the Orkney and Shetland Isles: St Ola and Kirkwall Detachments based on Orkney and Brae and Lerwick Detachments based on Shetland.