12 February 2018

Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force’s longest serving Cadet Force Adult Volunteer was recognised for his 45 years in the Army Cadets, during the annual adult instructor study weekend held at County Headquarters in Driffield at the end of January, where he was presented with his fourth clasp to his Cadet Force Medal by County Commandant, Colonel Fox.

Regimental Quarter Master Sargent Stephen Badics (58) from Immingham, started his cadet career in 1972 as a fresh faced 11-year-old, walking into Immingham Detachment on his first parade night looking for excitement & adventure, and became hooked from that moment. 

Throughout his time as a cadet, he attended many camps, but his crowning glory as a cadet was being lucky enough to be selected as one of the first ever cadets, to take part in a three-week exchange programme to Camp Ipperwash, Western Ontario, Canada.Stephen said: “What’s great is that although it was way back in the 70s, we all still talk to each other. We shared an amazing time and are bonded as friends for life, and that’s what the Army Cadets is about, making friends and having great experiences and going further.”

He also said: “The Army Cadets is my life, I became an adult instructor in 1978, during the County annual camp in Cornwall, I love it, I’m dedicated to the organisation. I’ve seen so many young people come in shy and unconfident, leaving with qualifications, motivation to make something of themselves and most importantly with a smile on their face, there’s no better feeling as an instructor seeing these young people change before your eyes”.  

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