COMMANDANT’S FAREWELL MESSAGE TO THE COUNTY

The Commandant's time with the County is now coming to an end

4 September 2019

COMMANDANT’S FAREWELL MESSAGE

INTRODUCTION

It has been an honour and privilege to be the Commandant of Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force during the last five years. However, my time with the County is now coming to an end. Whilst it has been the most challenging and demanding role which I have ever undertaken, it has also been the most rewarding. In particular, it has always been a great pleasure to see shy and retiring 12 year old cadets develop into impressive and very confident 18 year old adults.

TO THE ADULTS

I thank you all for your support during my tenure of office, as you are clearly pivotal in delivering the Cadet Experience, which ensures that the young people in our care are all better prepared for the wider world. I fully appreciate the difficulties which you all regularly face, with balancing home life, work life and cadets - and I know that you all sacrifice a great deal of your free time. Please continue to develop your knowledge and skills, in order for you to maximise your full potential.

TO THE CADETS

I strongly encourage all cadets to get the most out of their time in the organisation. This means ‘trying everything’, otherwise you will not know what you like or do not like - nor what you might be good at. The experiences gained during your cadet service will set the foundation for later life and your confidence and self reliance will inevitably develop. Also, please consider joining the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, as it will help with your college and job interviews, when that time comes.

CONCLUSION

I therefore thank everyone who has contributed to making my time with the ACF most rewarding. I very much wish you all the very best of fortune for the future and hope that you all achieve whatever you wish for. Good luck everybody.

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