7 September 2017
Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Ryan Black, the senior Army Cadet in the County, last week attended the prestigious Champion Cadet Competition at Frimley Park, the national Headquarters of the Army Cadet Force. There, he was up against the very best cadets from across the Country, all attempting to take the trophy for the very best.
The Champion Cadet Competition, also known as the Clare Shore Competition after a cadet who was tragically killed during training, is open by invitation only to cadets who have passed the Master Cadet Course. This Cadet RSM did earlier in the month, gaining himself a Competent grade in the process. This grade then enabled the Commandant of Cumbria Army Cadet Force, Colonel Anthony Steven, to promote him to Cadet RSM, the highest rank that a cadet can achieve.
Colonel Steven said “It is very rare for cadets to achieve this clean sweep of top results within the Army Cadet Force, but Cadet RSM Black has done just that. Not only did he pass his Master Cadet Course, receive his promotion to Cadet RSM and compete in the Clare Shore trophy, but in July, he was appointed by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant to be Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for 2017-2018, and will greet visiting members of the Royal Family when they come to Cumbria. Finally, he will be attending the National Cadet RSMs’ Conference at Frimley Park in October, the first time that Cumbria has sent a representative there.” Major Ian Atkinson, Officer Commanding Arnhem Company and Cadet RSM Black’s company commander said “I’m immensely proud of what this young man has achieved. He’s done fantastically well.”
Cadet RSM Black said “The competition in itself was physically challenging in places, yet extremely rewarding on the whole. Regardless of the competition element, all who took part were incredibly friendly, and everyone helped one another wherever and whenever possible.” His mother, Elaine, added “I am so grateful to the adult volunteers who have helped Ryan achieve this result. The Army Cadet Force has made a huge difference to his life”.