Commandant's Christmas Message

21 December 2018

The staff and adults of Kent Army Cadets have had an incredibly busy year, with dedication across the county from Cadet Force Adult Volunteers giving up their valuable free time to help nurture and grow the young people in their charge.

Some of the fabulous community events that we’ve participated in have included:

  • Bag packing across the county
  • Beach clean, Deal
  • Local fetes. carnivals and fayres
  • Collecting for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2018
  • RBL Standard Dedication (Aylesham)
  • Swanley fundraiser for Combat Stress

Our cadets and staff have had opportunities to take part in some fantastic events and international activities including:

  • Cpl D Burgess and the Lord Dannatt's Round Britain sailing trip
  • Exercise Baltic Guard in Latvia
  • Ted Smith attended the Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training (CCAT) Exercise Spanish Rock
  • Exercise Ski Cadet Austria
  • Kent Royal Engineers Corps Memorial and Veterans event
  • The Arnhem March in Holland
  • SI G Swaine & J Wood passed the level 2 Paddlesports course
  • Exchange trips with our colleagues in Italy.

We’ve had a new joint Army and Air Cadet Centre open in Dover and seen our cadets, CFAV’s and officers take part in the 100th Anniversary Remembrance Parades across the county. I wish to thank everyone for their fantastic efforts in supporting the RBL and local communities during these WWI Centenary commemorations and for the fantastic efforts in fundraising. Aligned with #ACF100 Cadets and CFAV’s attended Battlefield Tours at Ypres and the Somme at the end of October. These are but just a few events that have been attended by the County and I’d like to thank everyone involved including civilian assistants and the staff behind the scenes that made these events happen.

Annual camp was fantastic, feedback was good and there was a high standard of training being delivered to the cadres and although this was a short camp we saw a great number of promotions and star passes.

Great news for DofE, we’ve had 36 Bronze and 11 Silver passes!

We have sadly lost two members of Kent ACF in 2018, Ellis Overy and Jay Smith and would like to wish their friends and family our thoughts at this time of year.

Now we break for Christmas and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to working with you all in 2019.