14 June 2018
The senior cadet at the Soham Detachment of the Army Cadet Force (ACF), Cadet Sergeant Major Callum Jessiman, is celebrating having been appointed to the position of "Master Cadet". The appointment was made by Cambridgeshire ACF's Deputy Commandant, Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Cox, during the Soham Detachment's parade evening.
Commenting on the appointment, Lt Col Cox said, "This is the pinnacle of any cadet's time in the ACF and is the culmination of a lot of hard work by Cadet Sergeant Major Jessiman. Not only has he presented himself as an exemplary cadet, but he has been a first class ambassador for the Soham Detachment and Cambridgeshire ACF."
In order to achieve Master Cadet status, Callum had to progress through a five level proficiency programme, complete the Senior Cadet Instructor's Cadre and pass the gruelling week long Master Cadet course at the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park in Surrey. Only then do cadets become eligible to be appointed as a Master Cadet at the discretion of the Commandant of the county ACF.
Detachment Commander, Staff Sergeant Simon Winters added, "Callum has been a shining example to all of the cadets at Soham Detachment and works hard at every challenge he is set. This appointment to Master Cadet is well deserved and we are all very proud of what he has achieved in his cadet career."
The appointment follows on from Callum's recent completion of a year serving as one of the Lord Lieutenant's Cadets, where he accompanied the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence, on a number of Royal visits to the county. Additionally, Callum has recently submitted his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award for assessment. Later this month he will represent Cambridgeshire ACF at the Cadet National Clay Shooting Championships.
"My time in the ACF has helped me in so many ways - from building my confidence, to developing leadership skills, to learning how to mentor and generally having a great time," explains Callum. "On the various camps and training weekends I have attended, I have learnt to shoot, gone kayaking, abseiled, been rock climbing, ridden motorcycles, been on a Segway, been orienteering, flown in a Chinook helicopter and taken part in first aid competitions - to name but a few."